In a published announcement delivered Thursday May 15, 2014, the General Motors Corporation made the public aware of five new safety recalls, affecting some 2.7-million vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been notified, as well. The recalls will cover five separate vehicle models and five distinctively different malfunctions, all related to safe vehicle operation. “Customer safety is at the heart of how GM designs and produces vehicles, and these announcements are examples of two ways we are putting that into practice,” said Jeff Boyer, vice president of GM Global Vehicle Safety. He went on to say: “We have redoubled our efforts to expedite and resolve current reviews in process and also have identified and analyzed recent vehicle issues which require action. These are examples of our focus to surface issues quickly and promptly take necessary actions in the best interest of our customers.” To this consumer, it sounds like GM is attempting to change the way they do business in a very positive way.
Affected Vehicles: 2004 to 2012 Chevrolet Malibu, 20014 to 2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, 2005 to 2010 Pontiac G6, and 2007 to 2010 Saturn Auras. All are U.S. models and there are 2,440,524 vehicles affected.
If your brake lamps fail to illuminate or remain illuminated without your foot on the brake pedal, the cause of this recall could be the problem. It seems that the brake lamp wiring harness connector for the body control module is prone to the development of corrosion from micro-vibration. Panic braking assist, cruise control, electronic stability and traction control systems can also be affected by this malfunction. So far, GM is aware of no fatalities due to this malfunction but 13 crashes with 2-injuries have been attributed to this condition.
If you own one of these vehicles, then you should receive a letter informing you of this recall. Follow the instructions on the letter and have this condition repaired as soon as possible.
Affected Vehicles: 2005 to 2013 Chevrolet Corvettes. All are U.S. models and 111,889 vehicles are affected.
Subjected to the demands of high-temperatures generated under the hood of the American supercar, the underhood electrical center has experienced some degree of difficulty. After the electrical relay connector for the low-beam headlamp circuit is repeatedly stressed it can break and cause an open circuit for the low-beam headlamps. As the electrical relay center cools down, the connector can maintain a sufficient enough connection for the headlamps to operate. When the underhood area reaches normal operating temperature again, the condition will return and low-beam headlamps will be lost. This condition could result in a severe motor vehicle crash. This condition should not affect the high-beam headlamps, fog-lamps, or running-lamps. While GM has received several hundred complaints as a result of this condition, no crashes, injuries, or fatalities have been reported.
If you own a Corvette that is affected by this condition, you should receive a letter, soon. If you do not receive a letter contact the dealership where you purchased the vehicle for further instructions, contact General Motors directly, or contact the NHTSA for a list of included vehicles.
Vehicles Affected: 2014 Chevrolet Malibu equipped with a 2.5-liter engine and engine Start/Stop feature. All of the vehicles included are U.S. models and there are 140,067 of them.
This recall involves a condition that will make your brake pedal very hard to depress, resulting in greater stopping distances. Reportedly, the electronic brake control module is inadvertently disabling the hydraulic brake booster, leaving the car with no power brakes; according to GM, the problem can be rectified by re-programming the electronic brake control module and the booster will not require replacement.
If you own a 2014 Malibu and have experienced similar symptoms, be very cautious when driving the vehicle. If possible discontinue driving it until repairs have been performed. You should receive a letter from General Motors that will inform you how and where to take your vehicle for repairs — typically, the nearest Chevrolet dealership will suffice. GM claims four crashes have been caused from this condition, with no injuries or fatalities.
Vehicles Affected: 2013 and 2014 Cadillac CTS, all are U.S. models, approximately 19.225 vehicles.
This recall concerns a windshield wiper malfunction. After a low-battery jump start, the windshield wiper system of the vehicles in question may become inoperable. This could result in a very uncomfortable driving situation and possibly even a crash during inclement weather conditions. If the windshield wipers are activated and restricted (by snow, ice, or other debris) during a low-battery jump start, the windshield wiper system will become inoperable with no obvious warning signs. When the windshield wiper system is required in the future, it is too late and you are forced to park the car or face a dangerous driving scenario.
If you own a Cadillac that is affected by this condition, then you should receive a recall notification letter. If you do not receive the letter within a reasonable amount of time, contact your local Cadillac dealer, the General Motors Corporation, or NHTSA.
Vehicles Affected: Some 2104 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC High Sierra light-duty pickups, 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs. All are U.S. models and there are approximately 477 vehicles affected.
While there are less vehicles affected by this recall than the others, the condition of the recall could be far more dangerous than any of the others. The recall pertains to a condition that will allow the inner tie rod end/s to separate from the power steering rack and pinion, resulting in a partial or complete loss of steering control. This condition is occurring because the threaded portion of the inner tie rod end/s was not tightened to factory specifications. This is obviously a critical situation that could result in a crash without warning.
If you own one of the affected trucks, then General Motors has sent you a recall notification via overnight letter carrier, on May 14, 2104. Due to the seriousness of the condition, owners are being advised to have their truck towed to the nearest dealership for repairs. If you own a ruck that fits into these criteria, it may or may not be affected. Nevertheless, you may want to have your mechanic check the tie rod ends for tightness, just to make sure. If you do not receive a letter and you believe that you own a vehicle that is affected by this condition, then contact your local dealership, General Motors, or NHTSA for a list of affected vehicles.
GM expects to suffer losses of up to approximately $200 million in the second quarter, primarily for the cost of recall-related repairs announced in the quarter.