Troubled auto maker General Motors has announced yet another series of mega recalls, bringing to 13.7 million the number of vehicles recalled for safety and equipment problems this year alone.
The latest recalls relates to 2.42 million vehicles covering four separate issues.
The most serious problem relate to the front passenger airbags that were not properly attached in 1,400 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESVs from the 2015 model year. The airbags may only partially deploy in a crash as a result.
Recall and stop-sale notices also were issued for about 1.34 million of GM's new and used full-size crossover SUVs from the 2009-2014 model years, including the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia, as well as the Saturn Outlook from 2000-2010. In its announcement, GM said that these vehicles have a cable in the front seat belt that can wear out prematurely and break. As a result, seat belts may not work as designed, especially in a crash.
GM this week also expanded an earlier recall from April to include another 1.1 million Chevy Malibu, Malibu Maxx and Pontiac G6 models from the 2004-2008 models years. These models have problems with shift cables in their four-speed automatic transmission that may break. As a result, drivers may not be able to change gears or put the vehicle in park. Lastly, recalls were issued on 58 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD heavy-duty pickup trucks from 2015 for the risk of fire from faulty fuses.
The most recent recalls are not related to the ones earlier this year of 2.6 million vehicles with faulty ignition switches that have been shown to unintentionally disable power functions, including air bags. The defect has been linked to 13 deaths, numerous injuries and a growing number of GM recall lawsuits.
Ross Feller Casey, a leading national personal injury law firm, is evaluating lawsuits on behalf of motorists who have suffered serious injuries as a result of accidents in all recalled GM vehicles.
If you or a loved one was injured in a recalled GM vehicle, you should contact our General Motors recall lawyers immediately for a free evaluation to determine if you have a case.