GM recalls 2.7 million more vehicles due to wiring problem

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General Motors announced a massive new recall Thursday to fix a variety of problems, including a wiring flaw that it says caused at least 13 accidents, two injuries and no deaths.

Most of the cars recalled Thursday were older models built before the company’s 2009 bankruptcy, as was the case with the automaker’s controversial ignition switch recall earlier this year.

The bulk of the latest recall applies to 2.4 million cars recalled for the wiring problem. That includes the 2004-2012 Chevrolet Malibu, 2004-2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, 2005-2010 Pontiac G6 and 2007-2010 Saturn Auras.

The wiring problem could cause the brake lamps to fail, either failing to illuminate when the brakes are applied, or lighting up when the brakes are not engaged, the company said. Additionally, cruise control, traction control, electronic stability control and panic braking assist operation could be disabled.

The company has received hundreds of complaints about the wiring problem, and issued a service bulletin to dealerships 2008 about the flaw. But it never ordered a recall.

GM said it is taking a $200 million charge for the cost of the repairs it will have to make. It had already taken a $1.3 billion charge for the earlier recalls which essentially wiped out its profit for the first quarter.

8 comments

  • Lynn davis

    I have a 2010 Malibu I’ve had every light on. I have called the dealership but they will not listen to me…..NOW MY TIRE LIGHTS ARE ON ALSO!!!!!

    • news2me

      Get rid of that car asap….It is happening to everyone I know…Those lights will cost you an extra car payment a month…and the car dealership will NOT listen to a word you say when you walk out of that door…after a purchase….
      I have no idea what those dealers have been told to tell their customers but they do Not help a person out with your situation unless you pay big …..$$$$$$$$$$
      I always bought GM vehicles…but no more.

  • JP

    I have a 2011 Malibu. Who do I need to contact to get this looked out. I don’t think I have had any issues but just want to get it checked out just in case.

    • Learnthelaw

      JP,call the dealer and give them your VIN ( vehicle identification number) or go to nhtsa.gov. If the dealer tells you to just bring it in without looking up the VIN, call another dealer. If you bought your car new GM should have your info and send you a letter if your car is recalled.

  • its my business

    Wow – I have an older 2002 Malibu with 70,xxx miles on it. No Problems. At All …. I wonder if I should call the dealer even though my car is just outside the date rande? JP, it is my understanding that if the vehicle’s model and model year, regardless if you have any recall issues, you can take it to the dealer and they are obligated to make it right to their standards.

  • Josh Mc.

    I Have A 2011 Malibu Too & I Called A Couple Different Chevy Dealerships And They Told Me That It Wasn’t Up For Recall, I’m Confused.

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