General Motors recalls 7.6 million more US vehicles, most due to faulty ignition switches

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General Motors’ latest recalls involve more than 8.4 million vehicles worldwide, including 7.6 million U.S. vehicles, most of those for faulty ignition switches.

The sum of vehicles recalled Monday amount to the company’s largest single day of recalls this year. In addition to the ignition switch recalls, the automaker is recalling vehicles for faulty wiring and fasteners.

GM’s recalls have led the industry to recall more U.S. vehicles in the first six months of this year than any full year before. This recall brings General Motors’ U.S. total this year to more than 27 million, approaching the 30.8 million industry-wide record set in 2004.

GM alone has recalled more than 10% of the nearly 253 million vehicles IHS automotive says were on the road at the beginning of this year.

Worldwide, the automaker has recalled nearly 30 million vehicles this year.

The automaker also announced it is adding $500 million to the charge against second-quarter earnings it is taking for the recalls, bringing the total to $1.2 billion.

Monday’s ignition switch recalls include several models predominately from the late 1990s and early 2000s:

1997-2005 Chevrolet Malibu 1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrique 1999-2004 Oldsmobile Alero 1999-2005 Pontiac Grand Am 2000-2005 Chevrolet Impala and Monte Carlo 2004-2008 Pontiac Grand Prix 2003-2014 Cadillac CTS 2004-2006 Cadillac SRX

The recall also involves:

2011-2014 Chevrolet Cruzes; 2012-2014 Chevrolet Sonics; and 2013-2014 Chevrolet Traxs, Buick Encores and Veranos for an issue with the engine block power heater cord. 2014 Chevrolet Camaro and Impala, Buick Regal, and Cadillac XTS for a fastener that may be missing. 2007-2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD, GMC Sierra HD equipped with an auxiliary battery because a power issue can cause a fire. 2005-2007 Buick Rainier, Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Isuzu Ascender and Saab 9-7x; 2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT, and GMC Envoy XL for an electrical short that can disable the power door lock and window switches.

General Motors has come under criticism for a decade-long delay in publicly revealing an ignition switch flaw. The company retained attorney Ken Feinberg to develop a victim compensation plan, which he outlined earlier Monday.

CEO Mary Barra has apologized for the delay and promised internal reforms after a review she commissioned found “a pattern of incompetence and neglect” but no evidence of a broad conspiracy to cover up the issue. Fifteen employees, including executives, were fired or left the company.

She said Monday the company has “worked aggressively to identify and address the major outstanding issues that could impact the safety of our customers.”

Trading in GM stock was halted prior to the announcement. It resumed shortly after and dropped about 1%.

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9 comments

  • Chucky

    I have one of the vehicles that was involved in one of these recent recalls, I think. When should owners get notice of these things? I’d really prefer to find out exactly what the problem is before I let them change the keys out or something. I just don’t understand how my ignition switch could be accidentally turned off. I remember on my 93 Bonneville, they had a recall on the front seat belts. When I had the repair made, they replaced it with metal buckles instead of a better looking interior matching clasp. I spent the rest of my time with that car trying to avoid being blinded by the reflections of the sun off of the metal clasp.

    • Anna Bromley

      We got 4 letters from GM about our HHR for the recall. We kept calling our dealership about it and they told us they didn’t have the parts each time. We had problems where our car wouldn’t start (they key would not turn at all), we had problems with it shutting off, and then the real kicker, last week it wouldn’t shut off. The key wouldn’t turn either direction, and the engine wouldn’t stop. We ended up pulling the ignition fuse out and letting the battery die overnight. Next morning I called the dealership, and suddenly they could order the parts for me!

  • john wilkes booth

    GM should go back to building the first generation S10 then there would be no recalls. mine has 206,000 miles still going strong. 4.3 v6 one of the best gm engines.

  • Stephanie Kennedy

    Daughter drives an ’07 G5, called a dealership on 4/30, still no part! Really don’t think GM will ever get my business again.

  • Sherrie Wilson

    I have a Grand Am 2003..what do I do? Can anyone help? Do I take it to a dealership? Who pays for this? I can’t.

    • Anna Bromley

      GM pays for it. Take your car to any GM dealership. Chevy, GM, Pontiac, Cadilllac. Tell them your car is under recall. Ask if they can put you in a loaner or a rental. GM covers that too.

  • Anna Bromley

    Take your cars to the dealership. Tell them your car is on the recall list. If they say they don’t have the parts, tell them that they need to order them. GM has to pay to fix it. GM is currently paying to fix my car, and paying for me to be in a rental for A MONTH because the dealership didn’t order parts when I first told them I got the recall letter and that I was having problems.

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