General Motors CEO Mary T. Barra

General Motors CEO Mary T. Barra

On Monday, General Motors announced three new recalls encompassing a total of 1.5 million crossover utility vehicles, luxury sedans, and full-size vans, Ben Klayman writes for Reuters. As Schuyler Velasco reports for The Christian Science Monitor, the recalls came on the heels of GM CEO Mary T. Barra’s call last month for a “comprehensive internal safety review” after the company took years to recall more than a million cars because of ignition switch problems that were blamed for several fatal auto accidents.

According to a GM press release, the newest recalls include:

  • 1.18 million mid-sized crossovers whose side air bags might not deploy. The affected vehicles include: Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia SUVs from model years 2008 through 2013; Chevrolet Traverse SUVs from model years 2009 through 2013; and Saturn Outlook SUVs from model years 2008-2010
  • 303,000 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vehicles with gross vehicle weight under 10,000 pounds from the 2009 through 2014 model years
  • 63,900 Cadillac XTS full-size sedans from the 2013 through 2014 model years

To repair those vehicles with faulty air bags, dealers will remove the wiring harness connectors for the driver and passenger seat-mounted side air bags and then splice and solder the wires together, GM writes. GM will rework the instrument panel material in the Express and Savana models so that they are compliant for unbelted passengers; without the reworking, those models do not comply with a head impact requirement for unrestrained occupants, GM writes. And the company will repair the 2013 and some 2014 Cadillac XTS models to prevent possible corrosion in the brake boosters that could result in overheating, GM writes.

Although GM reported engine compartment fires in two Cadillac XTS sedans owned by dealerships, the company has not received any reports of accidents or injuries related to the newest recalls, Klayman writes. Regarding the February recalls, Barra, who became GM’s CEO on January 15 of this year, said that “terrible things happened” when the company took years to recall 1.37 million vehicles for faulty ignition switches that caused 12 deaths, writes Ben Klayman. (This blog reported that, according to Design News, the ignition switch problem is believed to have caused 31 crashes and 13 front-seat deaths.) Barra said in a statement that she asked her team to increase its efforts on pending product reviews and resolve them quickly. She said that with an “intense” review of internal processes at GM, the company will eventually have more developments to announce.

Here is a short video of Mary Barra addressing the recalls:

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