Thursday, June 26, 2014

Four More Recalls from GM

With all the negative publicity surrounding the completely slow action by GM for their previous recalls, the largest automaker in the US is now working to issue recalls much more publicly and much more swiftly than in previous years.  Knowing this, GM is now issuing four separate recalls that involve as many as 89,126 vehicles.  The vehicles affected are the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD, the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado LD, the 2014 GMC Sierra LD, the 2015 Tahoe and Suburban and 2015 GMC Sierra HD, Yukon and Yukon XL.

The 2014 Silverado LD, GMC Sierra LD, 2015 Silverado HD, Tahoe and Suburban as well as the 2015 GMC Sierra HD, Yukon and Yukon XL make up 57,512 of the recall models which is the largest group.  Three of the new recalls involve airbag problems and the fourth recall has to do with the base radio which might not sound when the key is in the ignition and the driver’s door is open as well as when a front seatbelt is unbuckled and the seat is occupied.

Anyone who owns a vehicle that has the issue with the base radio will be out of compliance with the motor vehicle safety standards that cover theft, rollaway, and occupant crash protection.  In order to fix these particular problem dealers will be able to reprogram the radio control module to make it so the warning systems will once again be functional.  Thankfully, so far GM is unaware of any crashes or injuries that are linked to this particular recall.

An additional recall of 31,520 models of the 2012 Buick Verano and Chevrolet Camaro, Cruze and Sonic cars for a defect with the shorting bar inside the dual-stage driver’s airbag.  The shorting bar may occasionally contact the airbag terminals which causes the airbag warning light to illuminate and will not allow the airbag to deploy in case of a crash.  Dealers have been instructed to replace the steering wheel airbag coil, thereby eliminating any contact between the shorting bar and the airbag terminals.  Thus far, GM is aware of one crash with an injury involving the airbag not deploying as well as other crashes where the airbag did not deploy, but no injuries were reported.

The next airbag problem is found in 61 of the 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Spark and 2013 Buick Encore vehicles that were built in Changwon, Korea between December 30, 2012 and May 8, 2013 because the vehicles may have the airbag end cap separated from the airbag inflator.  In a crash this means the passenger airbag may not deploy at all.  At this time GM is unaware of any crashes or injuries related to this recall, but a repair has not been figured.  Owners of affected vehicles need to continue to be aware and knowledgeable regarding the recall and be prepared to take their vehicles to the dealership once a repair has been established.

Finally, a recall of 33 2014 Chevrolet Corvettes is being announced because an internal short-circuit in the sensing and diagnostic module could disable the front airbags, seatbelt pretensioners and the Automatic Occupancy Sensing Module.  Dealers have been directed to replace the sensing and diagnostic module for these cars.  So fat no crashes or injuries have been linked to this recall.

Anyone owning any of the vehicles listed needs to contact Chevrolet, Buick, or GMC for further details or to find out if their car is one of the vehicles being recalled.  GM is attempting to take a more proactive approach to their recalls after the recent public embarrassment over ignition switches that were left unresolved for far too long.

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