Here we go again. General Motors has issued yet another round of safety recalls. It seems that the world’s largest automaker is staying true to the words of their leader, Mary Barra. The CEO, herself has stated publicly and before the Nation’s highest rulers that GM will not do business as usual but will instead put a positive foot forward in taking the initiative to report potentially harmful safety defects before consumers are put at risk. As GM and other automotive manufacturers continue to police themselves, we should accept these recalls as a sign of positive business practices in the years to come.
Here are the latest GM safety recalls as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Remember to look inside the driver’s door jamb (on most models) to locate the production date (Mo/Yr) of your vehicle.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V315000
General Motors Recall Campaign Number: 14234
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2012 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles manufactured between March 1, 2012 and June 29, 2012, equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission and 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine.. Approximately 21,567 vehicles will be included in this campaign.
Cause: The turbine shaft in the transmission is subject to premature breakage.
Consequence: If the turbine shaft breaks, the transmission will only function in first and second gear. If the break occurs during vehicle operation at low speed, the transmission will not shift into high-gears (3 through 6). If breakage occurs at high speed, the vehicle will lose power and coast until it reaches a low enough speed to shift into first or second gear. The loss of vehicle power could result in the increased risk of a crash, especially at highway speeds.
Correction: General Motors will notify vehicle owners with specific instructions for having the transmission turbine shaft replaced, free of charge. GM has not released details regarding the scheduled notification date for this recall campaign. You may call them directly at 1-800-222-1020.
NOTE: If you feel that you own a vehicle affected by this recall condition, then avoid highway driving until the condition is repaired.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V317000
General Motors Recall Campaign Number: 14235
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2014 Buick LaCrosse vehicles manufactured between April 30 and September 1, 2013.
Approximately 14,765 vehicles will be affected by the conditions of this recall.
Cause: A wiring splice inside the driver’s door may corrode and break. This condition could result in the absence of an audible warning chime when the door is opened and the key is in the ignition. Additionally, the electrical short could result in a malfunction of the Retained Accessory Power Module (RAPM), which allows power accessories to remain operational for 10-minutes after the ignition is disabled, if the doors remain closed. Vehicles affected by this condition do not comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) numbers 114 ”Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention” and 118 “ Power-Operated Partition and Roof Panel Systems.”
Consequence: In the absence of an audible warning, the risk of an accidental rollaway is far greater than with an audible warning. The REPM could also malfunction causing the power accessories to discharge the battery over an extended period of time, resulting in a no start condition.
Correction: General Motors will notify owners of affected vehicles with instructions for having the vehicle tested and repaired as necessary, free of charge.
NOTE: If you feel that you own a vehicle affected by this condition, then you may call GM customer service at 1-800-521-7300.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V301000
General Motors Recall Campaign Number: 14315
Vehicles Affected: Certain model 2014 and 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra and 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban vehicles equipped with a base radio and internal amplifier. Approximately 57,512 vehicles will be included in this recall campaign.
Cause: If the radio becomes inoperative, it will result in the absence of any audible warning chime. With the warning chime disabled, no seat belt warning or door ajar alert will be emitted from the vehicle. This condition renders the vehicle non-compliant with the requirements of FMVSS numbers 114 “Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention” and 208 “Occupant Crash Protection.”
Consequence: In the absence of any audible door ajar chime or safety belt warning chime, the driver and vehicle occupants will not be made aware of either of these potentially hazardous conditions.
Correction: General Motors will notify affected vehicle owners with instructions for having the radio software updated, free of charge. No scheduled date for beginning this recall has been announced buy feel free to contact GM customer service at 1-800-462-8782.
NOTE: If you feel that you are the owner or operator of one these affected vehicles, use special care to make sure that safety belts are secured and doors are close completely while the vehicle is in operation.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V298000
General Motors Recall Campaign Number: 14211
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2013 Buick Encore vehicles manufactured between April 10, 2013 and May 8, 2013 and Chevrolet Spark vehicles made between December 30, 2012 and March 1, 2013. Approximately 61vehicles will be included in this campaign.
Cause: An improper weld on the passenger side frontal impact airbag inflator could prevent the airbag from deploying properly.
Consequence: If the air bag does not to deploy in the event of a crash, there is an increased risk of injury to the front passenger.
orrection: General Motors will notify owners of affected vehicle with specific information pertaining to front air bag replacement, free of charge. Owners may contact GM customer service directly at 1-800-521-7300 for Buick and 1-800-222-1020 for Chevrolet.
NOTE: If you feel that you own a vehicle that is affected by the conditions of this recall, then please do not allow passengers to occupy the front passenger seat until the necessary repairs are completed.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V300000
General Motors Recall Campaign Number: 12V-522 & 13V-023
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2012 Buick Verano vehicles manufactured between December 2, 2011 and July 16, 2012, Chevrolet Cruze vehicles manufactured between December 7, 2011 and July 25, 2013, Chevrolet Sonic vehicles made from December 5, 2011 and August 2, 2012, and Chevrolet Camaro vehicles produced between December 1, 2011 and June 11, 2012. Approximately 31,520 automobiles are expected for inclusion under this recall campaign.
Cause: The driver’s side frontal air bag has a shorting bar which may inadvertently contact the air bag terminals.
Consequence: If the shorting bar contacts the terminals and a crash occurs, the air bag could fail to deploy or fail to deploy completely. In either case the driver would be placed I an increased risk of injury.
Correction: General Motors will notify affected vehicle owners with information regarding the replacement of the driver’s air bag coil, free of charge. At this time no notification schedule has been made available but you may call GM directly at 1-800-222-1020, Buick owners may call 1-800-521-7300.
NOTE: If you feel that you are driving a vehicle that is affected by the condition of this recall, always wear your safety belt and have the condition repaired as soon as possible. Please note that this recall campaign is an addendum to campaign numbers 12V-522 and 13V-023.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V299000
General Motors Recall Campaign Number: 14219
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2014 Chevrolet Corvette vehicles manufactured between April 23, 2014 and April 25, 2014. Only approximately 33 vehicles will be affected by the conditions of this recall.
Cause: An internal short circuit in the Sensing and Diagnostic Module (SDM) may occur, resulting in the deactivation of the air bags and seat belt pre-tensioners.
Consequence: If the electrical short circuit occurs, the air bags may not deploy and the seat belt pre-tensioners could fail to activate in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of occupant injury.
Correction: General Motors will notify owners by mail with specific instruction for having the SDM replaced, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-222-1020.
NOTE: Owners of affected vehicles should exercise extreme caution in driving until this condition has been repaired.