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GM Issues Another Recall in Wake of Fatal Ignition Switch Problem

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Still under fire for the time it took to recall a host of vehicles that have an ignition defect which has been linked to a number of car accidents and deaths, General Motors has issued three new recalls involving another 1.5 million vehicles.

The largest of the new batch of recalls affects 1.2 million of its popular crossover SUV models that need to have repairs made to the wiring for their seat-mounted side airbags, CNN reported. The models involved in the recall are the 2008-13 Buick Enclave and the GMC Acadia, the 2009-13 Chevrolet Traverse and the 2008-2010 Saturn Outlook.

The vehicles have a warning light that reads “Service Air Bag.” Ignoring the light can eventually result in the non-deployment of the air bags and other safety features, CNN reported. GM said it is not aware of any injuries related to the problem.

Additionally, 64,000 Cadillac XTS full-size sedans from 2013 and 2014 are being recalled to fix a problem with overheating brakes that has been responsible for two fires. Also, 303,000 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans are being recalled so safety improvements can be made on the instrument panel, according to CNN.

It has been a bad month for the automotive giant. On Feb. 13, G.M. announced it was recalling about 778,000 vehicles due to an ignition issue. The recall notice reported that if the vehicle was jarred or the keys jostled, the engine could be inadvertently turned off, keeping the air bags from deploying. The recall included the Chevrolet Cobalt from the 2005-7 model years and 2007 Pontiac G5 cars, which comprised 619,000 vehicles in the United States alone.

During its initial recall, G.M. acknowledged that it was aware of the deaths of 13 front-seat passengers in crashes where the front air bags failed to deploy.

G.M. then expanded its recall a few days later, saying it was recalling about 748,000 additional vehicles, the New York Times reported. The expanded recall covered the 2003-7 Saturn Ions, 2006-7 Chevrolet HHRs and 2006-7 Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky. Consumer advocates had been pushing for the recall to include those vehicles because they had also been identified as having the same ignition problem as vehicles involved in the previous recall.

Questions continue to be asked concerning why it took so long for General Motors to act on a problem it had been aware of for a decade. A chronological report published by G.M. revealed that by 2005 the automaker has knowledge that it had a problem that could result in the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt’s engine to be accidentally switched off. The report found that 13 deaths might have been caused by the failure of air bags to deploy, and that the airbags would have been disabled had the ignition been in the off position, according to the New York Times. Despite this information, G.M. continued its investigation without warning the public, claiming it was having trouble finding the cause.

Meanwhile, data collected by the Friedman Research Corporation found that 303 people died in accidents involving the 2005-7 Chevrolet Cobalts and 2003-7 Saturn Ions where airbags failed to deploy. That represents close to 26 percent of a total 1,148 fatalities that involved the same models, according to the New York Times. disclaimer: This article: GM Issues Another Recall in Wake of Fatal Ignition Switch Problem was posted on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 at 8:01 pm at and is filed under Accident Lawsuits, Product Liability Lawsuits.

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