GM Recalls Malibu Vehicles for Air Bag Stud Concerns

Warren, MI — April 11, 2016 — Approximately 3,137 vehicles are subject to a possible fault that would leave occupants in danger during a collision. According to an official report submitted on March 11, this new recall applies to 2016 Chevrolet Malibu autos, which may feature fracturing on the side air bag weld studs. This could destabilize the airbag and reduce its effectiveness. Though the cause of the defect is currently unknown, the Part 573 report for this issue stated that the weak weld bonding in affected vehicles may be responsible.

The first weld fractures connected to this recall were observed earlier this year, in February. The report clarified that the manufacturer announced the recall after its Safety and Field Action Decision Authority received studies on the studs’ torque and angle. Dealers are expected to fix this issue, when it exists, by replacing all of the affected side airbag modules.

“Vehicles built after March 5, 2016 are manufactured with side airbag modules produced after additional lot acceptance testing and process check criteria were implemented at the supplier,” the source stated. Without these repairs, the offending models could violate Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 214.

A Stop Delivery Notice, also distributed on March 11, warned dealers that the Global Warranty Management system won’t display the correct status or release date until the repair is ready. Dealers were also instructed to keep all potentially affected vehicles out of circulation, which included “new or used vehicle inventory, GM Certified Used, courtesy transportation vehicles, dealer shuttle vehicles” and others.

None of these vehicles were asked to be used for any purpose, which not only means sale to customers, but other purposes, such as demonstration and auction. The side airbags in need of replacement could be located in the rear, left, right and front.

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Power-steering in Police Vehicles Leads to GM Recalls

Warren, MI — April 04, 2016 — Though no accidents have yet been detected, General Motors will recall 6,280 Chevrolet Caprice Police Pursuit vehicles, with production dates ranging between 2013 and 2014. The official Part 573 Safety Recall Report, submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on March 16, noted that these vehicles could be subject to a power steering assist failure that could leave drivers struggling to properly steer.

This source stated that the components associated with this recall come from the Mando corporation, based in the Republic of Korea. This specific hazard comes as the result of normal police work, as systems within these vehicles are affected during use.

“Subject to the extended idling times and elevated temperatures experienced in typical police applications, these vehicles may experience loss of electric power steering (EPS) assistance while driving or idling as a result of fretting corrosion on the connector between the EPS module and the torque sensor,” the report asserted.

The repair instructions address both those vehicles already in the field and those en route: the latter will get epoxy to support the connector, while dealers replace the steering gear assemblies in the former. The newer gears will better resist corrosion.

The Associated Press mentioned the 20 hour periods that police cars often run in its coverage of this recall. Drivers in affected cars won’t lose control of steering completely, and the NHTSA Report noted that drivers will see a malfunction indicator light and hear a warning chime if the issue is present.

General Motors first detected this issue through complaints submitted as part of the Speak Up for Safety program in 2015. The vehicles were assembled in Holden, Australia, and impacted cars with model years between 2014 and 2016.

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GM fixes addresses previous fire risk recall with new one [Video]

More than 1 million GM vehicles could suffer leaks that lead to engine fires. The recall is significant because many of the vehicles included were already part of recalls from years ago. Recalled models include the Chevrolet Impala, Lumina and Monte Carlo, as well as the Pontiac Grand Prix, Oldsmobile Intrigue and Buick Regal. Model years range from 1997 to 2004.

Since the affected vehicles could catch fire, a rep for the manufacturer said owners may be ordered not to park indoors. Previous recall remedies may not have fixed the problem, causing valve leaks. Nearly 20 injuries have been traced to this issue since 2009, but no official remedy has been announced.

All told, the new recall will include 1.41 million vehicles around the world. More than 1,300 fires have been linked to this problem, including in vehicles that were previously repaired.

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GM issues recall for windshield wiper motor fire risk [Video]

In a press statement, General Motors recently announced a new recall for more than 30,000 of its SUVs across North America. Owners of these vehicles could, in extreme cases, be at risk of fire.

Although the manufacturer noted that the fire risk is only present in “some cases,” the windshield wiper motor could overheat to the point that it causes the motor cover to catch fire. The recall effort officially began on September 30, a day after the report receipt date.

Makes and models associated with this recall include the 2016 Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave and GMC Arcadia, all produced within a range of a few weeks this year between August and September. To remedy the situation, GM states that dealers will replace the wiper motor cover assembly on the front of the affected vehicles.

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New ignition switch problem leads to GM recall [Video]

A new GM recall concerns ignition switch problems in some Chevrolet Silverado and Suburban vehicles, as well as GMC Sierras and Tahoe SUVs. Fortunately, the problem appears to have been detected early on, with only five accidental shutoffs attributed to it and just over 3,000 autos recalled. In affected vehicles, the cars can get stuck in the ignition when interior temperatures are high.

The lock cylinder in these cars could accidentally be shifted into “accessory” mode, making the truck less safe to drive and leaving it more defenseless during crashes. There have been no injuries reported yet connected to these issues, and is supposedly unrelated to a previous GM ignition switch recall.

The remedy for this issue involves changing out the housing around the ignition area.

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Multiple problems prompt Chevrolet truck recalls

Detroit, MI — June 24, 2015 — According to multiple sources, General Motors has recalled multiple models of trucks for different reasons. Examining them both, businesses should understand the necessity of recall statement accuracy when seemingly competing information is released at the same time, potentially confusing dealers and consumers.

While GM Authority reports that the manufacturer is recalling 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks for brake-related issues, Consumer Affairs states that some of these same models are also being recalled for misaligned airbag inflators. Though the latter source doesn’t specifically mention manufacturer Takata, whose inflators have been the source of a massive recall effort recently, GM has recalled more than 300,000 vehicles for this particular issue.

The brake issue has affected 14,838 vehicles, and involves air pockets in the front brake calipers that could lead to dangerous brake fluid leaks. The result may be a higher possibility of a crash, and the source states that dealers will inspect and replace the faulty calipers starting July 10.

By comparison, the airbag recall already began in March and concerns a far smaller number of vehicles, just 40, as Consumer Affairs describes. However, the possible effects are more ambiguous, since the faulty inflators could either detach from the steering wheel, explode or simply not function properly on impact. Dealers are also inspecting and replacing the systems in question as needed.

The official number of vehicles affected by the Takata airbag problems seems to be confused. Reuters reported that manufacturers say 16.2 million vehicles could have faulty airbags, while the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has referred to both 30 million and 34 million defective parts from Takata at different times, the source says.

Because of possible conflicting information, consistency and accuracy matters in recall efforts to make a lasting improvement and increase consumer safety.

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More than 330,000 trucks part of new GM recall [Video]

General Motors is recalling hundreds of thousands of trucks as the fallout from the Takata air bag investigations continues.

[marker] According to the NHTSA, the manufacturer is recalling more than 374,000 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks around the world, the majority of which are in the United States. This is yet another response to concerns over airbag inflator mechanisms produced by Takata Corporation.

[marker] The manufacturer announced that it is banning the use of ammonium nitrate in inflators in the future. The risk centers around the potential for improper inflators to explode during a crash and possibly harm occupants.

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New GM recall concerns faulty seatbelts [Video]

A condition that could lead to weak safety belts has General Motors recalling hundreds of thousands of Chevrolet Malibu cars, according to the Detroit News.

The source says one injury has so far been traced to the defect. It will recall more than 469,00 vehicles total from around the world, the majority of which will be in North America.

Vehicles that suffer this defect could see the metal cable connecting the seatbelt weaken and even separate completely over time. To fix the problem, car dealers will be able to replace the lap pretensioner and outboard lap mounting bracket.

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Chevy Malibu vehicles recalled for shift indicator issues

Detroit, MI — May 7, 2015 — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released a recall statement potentially affecting 3,690 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured between April and August in 2012 with the 2013 model year. General Motors instituted the recall last month, and an estimated “100 percent” of these vehicles are believed to have the targeted defect, which concerns the illuminated indicator on the shift console.

As the safety recall report on this case describes, this fault could prevent shift positions from being lit up when the cars are in use. Although the report says this happens “in rare circumstances,” it also notes that this is still in violation of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 102. The condition is believed to be caused by a flash memory corruption in the PRNDM display.

The actions dates back to tests on these vehicles conducted in 2012, and includes a petition action from General Motors in that year: the company argued that its noncompliance related to an “inconsequential” element of the cars, and later revised its original report.

This document also features a description of exactly why the panel display error could be considered dangerous to drivers. Only vehicles with base-level instrument-panel clusters are at risk.
“If the console shift indicator does not illuminate the shift position selected, a driver could inadvertently select a transmission position other than the position the driver intended, increasing the risk of a crash,” the statement says. Dealers will address the problem by replacing “the bezel assembly, which contains the PRNDM control module.”

With the right recall information, manufacturer actions will have the desired effect, and potentially dangerous autos will be fixed in time to prevent further damage or injury. The defect in question could still be damaged if limited to one area of the vehicle.

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Sunroof problems lead to Chevy Malibu recall

Detroit, MI — April 11, 2015 — A defective feature doesn’t have to be essential to lead to a recall. Even the seemingly ornamental or luxury aspects of a major car brand could contribute to a major response action. The Detroit Free Press has reported on a General Motors recall that pertains specifically to a series of Chevrolet Malibu sedans made between 2013 and 2015. The source of the recall is an issue with the vehicles’ sunroof controls, which leads to them closing accidentally after minor amounts of contact.

While the average consumer might not consider a sunroof problem to be a major security concern, and there have reportedly been no complaints related to this bug, Slash Gear’s Brittany Hillen writes that the overly sensitive switches could violate national vehicle guidelines.

“This is a problem because auto makers are required to meet certain federal standards with switches and buttons — if they’re too sensitive, it could pose a safety hazard depending on which part of the vehicle the switch controls,” Hillen writes.

Around 92,000 vehicles have been targeted by the recall in the United States and Canada, and dealers will fix the problem by recalibrating the sunroof controls in affected vehicles. Owners who need this done will be able to bring their cars to the appropriate locations and have them taken care of there.

All features that don’t pass government approval, from the large to the small, need a clear path to repair that is easy on the consumer, the dealer and all parties that could be related. When such a recall comes from a major manufacturer, as well, there has to be a far-reaching message that influences industry behavior in a positive way. Furthermore, failure to respond to a recall could land certain parties in legal trouble.

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