GM Announces Six Recalls Covering 717,950 Vehicles, Including 2011-'12 Chevrolet Camaro | Edmunds

GM Announces Six Recalls Covering 717,950 Vehicles, Including 2011-'12 Chevrolet Camaro


Just the Facts:
  • General Motors is recalling 717,950 vehicles, including the 2011-'12 Chevrolet Camaro, 2014 Chevrolet Impala and 2014 Cadillac ELR, for a variety of reasons, from problems with seats to a possible loss of power steering assist at start-up.
  • The largest of the six recalls involves 414,333 vehicles with defective power height-adjustable driver or front passenger seat structures.
  • The smallest recall covers 22 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and GMC Yukon and Yukon Denali SUVs for roof carriers that may have been attached with the wrong retaining nuts, resulting in holes or tears in the roof rail airbags if they deploy.

DETROIT General Motors is recalling 717,950 vehicles, including the 2011-'12 Chevrolet Camaro, 2014 Chevrolet Impala and 2014 Cadillac ELR, for a variety of reasons from problems with seats to a possible loss of power steering at start-up, the automaker said on Wednesday.

The largest of the six recalls involves 414,333 vehicles with defective power height-adjustable driver or front passenger seat structures. This recall includes the 2011-'12 Buick Regal and LaCrosse; 2010-'12 Cadillac SRX; 2011-'12 Chevrolet Camaro; and the 2010-'12 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles in the U.S.

"In these vehicles, the bolt that secures the height adjuster actuator may become loose or fall out," GM said in a statement. "If the bolt falls out, the seat will move up and down freely because it is no longer attached at the height adjuster.

"The vehicles are safe to drive, but customers should not use the power height-adjustable feature until dealers can replace the height adjuster bolt."

GM said it is aware of one crash and three injuries but no fatalities linked to this recall.

GM also is recalling the 2013-'14 Buick Encore; 2013-'14 Cadillac ATS; 2014 Cadillac CTS; 2014 Cadillac ELR; 124,008 2014 Chevrolet Caprice and Chevrolet SS; 2014-'15 Chevrolet Silverado LD and HD; and 2014-'15 GMC Sierra LD and HD vehicles.

"Certain vehicles may have an incomplete weld on the seat hook bracket assembly," GM said. "A loss of power to a laser-welding machine may have resulted in an incomplete weld, according to data collected from the machine between July 2013 and January 2014."

Dealers will inspect the weld. If it is sufficient, no further action is necessary. If it is insufficient, dealers will replace the lower seat track. Fewer than 1 percent of welds are expected to require seat-track replacement.

GM said it is unaware of any crashes or injuries linked to this recall.

The third recall involves 120,426 2011-'13 Buick Regal and 2013 Chevrolet Malibu cars equipped with front turn signals that use two bulbs in each front turn signal.

"The driver would get a rapidly flashing turn signal arrow in the instrument cluster if both bulbs in one turn signal were burned out (but) if only one bulb on either side burns out, there would be no signal to the driver," GM said.

Dealers will reprogram the body control module to fix the problem. GM said it knows of no crashes, injuries or complaints linked to this recall.

The fourth recall involves 57,242 2014 Chevrolet Impala sedans equipped with belt-drive electric power steering.

"On certain vehicles, customers may experience reduced or no power steering assist at start-up or while driving due to a poor electrical ground connection to the power steering control module," GM said. "If power steering is lost, a warning message is displayed on the driver information center and a chime sounds.

"Steering control can be maintained because the vehicle will revert to manual steering mode, but would require greater driver effort, particularly at low vehicle speeds."

GM explained that paint may have seeped behind the nut on the power steering control module ground stud.

Dealers will inspect and clean paint from behind the ground nut, re-torque the nut and update the power steering control module. GM said it is aware of one crash, but no injuries or fatalities linked to the recall.

The fifth recall involves 1,919 2014-'15 Chevrolet Spark cars imported from Korea that were assembled with a lower control arm bolt not fastened to specification.

"The condition could result in a noise from the front suspension and separation of the lower control arm from the steering knuckle while driving, resulting in loss of steering control," GM said.

Dealers will inspect the left and right hand lower control arm attaching bolts to assure they are tightened to specification. GM said it knows of no crashes, injuries or fatalities linked to this recall.

The smallest recall covers 22 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and GMC Yukon and Yukon Denali SUVs for roof carriers that may have been attached with the wrong retaining nuts, resulting in holes or tears in the roof rail airbags if they deploy.

Eight of these vehicles are in dealer stock and will be repaired before being sold, GM said.

GM did not provide a start date for any of the recalls. Owners can contact Buick at (800) 521-7300; Cadillac at (800) 458-8006; Chevrolet at (800) 222-1020; and GMC at (800) 462-8782.

No information about these recalls has been posted on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle recalls in the U.S.

Edmunds says: Since GM has not provided an owner notification schedule at this point, it's best to stay in touch with your dealer on next steps if you own one of these vehicles.

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