General Motors Recalls 8.4 Million Vehicles
On Monday afternoon, General Motors announced six new recalls which affect about 8.4 million vehicles globally. According to the Wall Street Journal, one of the newest recalls affects more than 8 million vehicles with ignition key problems.
About the Unintended Key Rotation Recall
Trading of GM shares was briefly halted on Monday after the automaker announced the latest round of recalls. Among the vehicles recalled are about 8.23 million vehicles with defective ignition switches. GM has said it aware of seven crashes, eight injuries, and three fatalities linked to the problem, which is described as “unintended key rotation.”
The following makes and models are affected:
- 1997-2005 Chevrolet Malibu
- 1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue
- 1999-2004 Oldsmobile Alero
- 1999-2005 Pontiac Grand Am
- 2000-2005 Chevrolet Impala
- 2000-2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
- 2004-2008 Pontiac Grand Prix
Separately, GM recalled about 616,179 Cadillac CTS with model years 2003-2014 and Cadillac SRX with model years 2004-2006.
The problem with these vehicles are appears to be the same problem that is plaguing about 2.6 million older compact vehicles, including the Chevy Cobalt and Saturn Ion as well as about 3.16 million mid- to large-size vehicles and more than 500,000 Chevrolet Camaros. Bumpy roads, drivers’ knees, and added weight on the GM key can cause the ignition switches to move out of the “run” position and disable safety features such as airbags, power steering, and power brakes.
The Cobalt recall was first announced in February and expanded twice. The automaker came under fire when documents showed engineers had known about problems with the ignition switches for more than a decade but failed to take action. 13 deaths and 54 crashes have been linked to that recall.
Four Smaller GM Recalls
GM also announced four smaller recalls, including:
- 20,134 2011-2014 Chevrolet Cruze; 2012-2014 Chevrolet Sonic; 2013-2014 Chevrolet Trax, Buick Encore, and Buick Verano. The insulation block heater may become damaged under very cold conditions in some vehicles.
- 117 2014 Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Impala, Buick Regal, and Cadillac XTS. A “superhold” joint fastener may not have been torqued to specification at the assembly plant in some vehicles.
- 12,008 2007-2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD. The underhood fusible link may melt due to electrical overload that can result in potential smoke or flames that can damage the electrical center cover and/or the nearby wiring harness conduit.
- 188,705 2005-2007 Buick Rainier, Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Isuzu Ascender, Saab 9-7x; 2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT, and GMC Envoy XL. There driver’s door module could experience an electrical short that can disable the power door lock and window switches. In rare cases, the module can overheat.
GM announced it would take a $1.2 billion charge in the second quarter to cover the cost of the recalls. The total number of vehicles recalled in 2014 by GM has now surpassed 30 million.
Thomas J. Henry Represents GM Recall Victims
Thomas J. Henry is representing more than 1,000 GM recall victims across the United States and has been investigating injuries and deaths linked to the recall since day one. The firm launched a nationwide media investigation into the recall in April, which brought forth thousands of affected individuals who had information critical to the investigation – information that the firm has handed over to federal agencies also investigating GM’s sluggish response the recall.
As more and more individuals have flocked to Thomas J. Henry for representation, the firm has continued to push GM for a victim settlement fund. The firm has had several talks with GM’s victim compensation expert Ken Feinberg regarding appropriate victim compensation for the thousands affected by a fatal design flaw in ignition switches which left numerous dead and countless others seriously injured.
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