On top of hundreds of thousands of GM products recalled in recent months, General Motors announced yesterday that it would be recalling 800,000 cars and trucks, and Chrysler quickly followed with another 718,000.
The General Motors recalls included:
414,333 2011 and 2012 Chevrolet Camaro, Buick Regal, Buick LaCrosse models, and 2010 to 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain and Cadillac SRX models: Power height-adjustable driver and passenger seats have a bolt securing the height adjuster to the seat can loosen and fall out, which can then cause the seat to “move up and down freely.”One crash and three injuries have been associated with the problem.
124,007 2014 Chevrolet Caprice, Chevrolet SS, Cadillac CTS and Cadillac ELR, and 2013 and 2014 Cadillac ATS and Buick Encore models: Seat brackets may not be welded completely at the factory, which could cause them to break off from the car. GM estimates that fewer than 1 percent of all affected cars need new seat tracks, and no crashes or injuries have been related to the problem.
120,426 2011 to 2013 Buick Regal and 2013 Chevrolet Malibu models: Turn signals may not automatically indicate failure to the driver via a rapidly blinking indicator. If one of the two bulbs on each signal is out, the car’s computer should make the indicators blink rapidly. No crashes or injuries have been related to the problem.
57,242 2014 Chevrolet Impala models: A bad electrical ground in the power-steering computers could disable the steering assist at startup or while driving. A nut holding a ground stud on the power steering computer may have been accidentally painted, leading to a ground fault. The nut needs to be cleaned and torqued and the computer software updated. One crash and no injuries were related to the problem.
1,919 2014 and 2015 Chevrolet Spark models: Can lose all steering control due to a loose bolt in the front suspension that can detach the lower control arm from the steering knuckle. No word on crash or injury reports.
22 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon Denali models: Roof racks may be attached with the wrong nuts. These can tear the side curtain airbags mounted in the roof rails. No word on crashes or injures related.
The Chrysler recalls included:
649,900 2005 to 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2006 and 2007 Jeep Commander: A faulty ignition switch, similar to the issue experienced by GM owners. The switch can allegedly be easy to turn off if the driver’s knee comes in contact with it. If that happens, the engine — and more critically, the airbags — can turn off. Chrysler received 119 complaints and knows of one crash related to the problem.
21,000 2014 Ram 1500, 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2015 Chrysler 200 models:Suspension components that can break off their mounts and cause the driver to lose control. No word on crashes or injuries related to the problem.