Déjà Vu? GM Rolls Out Another 3 Recalls Affecting Over 2 Million Vehicles; Nearly 7 Million GM Cars Recalled in 2014

From 2010-2013, GM recalled 7 million vehicles for varying defects. In 2014 alone, GM has recalled nearly 7 million cars and trucks.

Under heavy scrutiny from Congress and NHTSA for the ignition switch recall; GM continues to recall more and more vehicles. In mid-March, GM recalled 1,543,323 vehicles in 3 separate recalls. This week, as the congressional hearings are underway; GM has recalled 2,004,429 in three separate actions.

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The first and largest recall of the latest of GM’s defective vehicles affects the following due to a steering defect:

  • CHEVROLET COBALT 2010
  • CHEVROLET HHR 2009-2010
  • CHEVROLET MALIBU 2004-2006, 2008-2009
  • CHEVROLET MALIBU MAXX 2004-2006
  • PONTIAC G6 2005-2006, 2008-2009
  • SATURN AURA 2008-2009
  • SATURN ION 2004-2007

1,340,447 cars are affected by this recall.  These vehicles were installed with electric power steering (EPS) and the EPS system may fail during the normal course of driving.  If power steering assist were lost, greater driver effort would be required to steer the vehicle at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash.

Click here to read the GM defect notice: Electric Power Steering Recall

GM will notify owners, and dealers will perform one of four bulletins.  Parts are not currently available.  GM expects to send an interim notification around April 28, 2014.  When parts are available, owners will be mailed a second letter to come in to have the applicable bulletin applied.  Dealers will replace the EPS motor controller unit. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438, Saturn at 1-800-553-6000, and Pontiac at 1-800-620-7668.  GM’s number for this recall is N140115.  Note: GM will provide EPS Motor replacement for the life of the vehicle for model year 2006-2008 and early production of 2009 Chevrolet HHR (non-turbo) and model year 2003 Saturn ION to.

The second recall affects the newest GM cars to come out.  GM is recalling 489,936 vehicles due to a loose oil cooler line.  The affected vehicles include the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Light Duty Regular Cab, Double Cab, and Crew Cab 1500 series and model year 2015 Suburban and Tahoe; GMC model year 2014 Sierra Regular Cab, Double Cab, and Crew Cab 1500 Series and model year 2015 Yukon and Yukon XL vehicles equipped with a 6-Speed Automatic Transmission (feature code MYC). The defect is from a fire hazard from a fuel line defect.  The subject vehicles may have a transmission oil cooler line that is not secured in the fitting.  The loose cooler line can leak oil, which can start a car fire.

Click here to read the NHTSA recall acknowledgment: Fuel Line Defect

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the transmission oil cooler line connection and repair the vehicles, as needed, free of charge.  The recall is expected to begin on April 28, 2014. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-866-694-6546 or GMC owners may contact GMC at 1-866-996-9463.  GM’s number for this recall is 14121.

The final recall affects certain model year 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles equipped with a 1.4L turbo engine.  The vehicles recalled were manufactured from November 28, 2012, and March 7, 2014.  The total number of affected cars is 174,046.  The defect is in the right front half shaft. This half shaft may fracture and separate from the vehicle.  If the half shaft fractures and separates while driving, the vehicle would lose power and coast to a stop.  If a vehicle with a fractured half shaft is parked without the parking brake applied, the vehicle could move unexpectedly.

This is the second time GM has recalled these vehicles for this issue. GM had a recall in 2013 that affected some of the same vehicles.  Unfortunately, the vehicles that were part of the recall were repaired using defective parts.  Those vehicles that were repaired in 2013 will once again have to be repaired again.

Click here the GM notice to car dealers: Front Half Shaft Recall

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the right half shaft, as needed, free of charge.  Parts for the remedy are not currently available.  GM will send an interim letter to owners the week of April 28, 2014.  A second owner letter will be mailed when parts are available.  Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-866-694-6546. GM’s number for this recall is 14079. This is an expansion of recall 13V-452.

Americans rely on their car manufacturers to provide a safe well-designed vehicle.  Sadly, that is not often the case.  The Auto Defect Attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm has successfully represented many people injured from defective Toyotas, Fords, Chryslers, Volkswagens, GM products and numerous other manufacturers and suppliers.  Often times, people involved in accidents do not examine the issues of defective vehicle design nor whether the car was truly crashworthy – does it contain the appropriate crash protection.  If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto crash, our attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm are available to consult with you.  Please contact our office at 800-481-1615 or email us.

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