The new recall involves several models of brands such as Cadillac, Buick and Chevrolet. The reason being, defects in airbags and risk of overheating. The company, however, says there have been no issues related to these defects. Their previous recall included older model of the vehicles again related to the ignition-switch.
The recall has been made at the behest of Mary Barra, GM CEO. After 12 deaths and 31 crashes linked to the faulty ignition switch, the CEO took it up as a measure to maintain comprehensive internal safety.
“I asked our team to redouble our efforts on our pending product reviews, bring them forward and resolve them quickly,” said Mary Barra, GM CEO. “That is what today’s GM is all about.”
The latest recalls relate to issues with seat-mounted side airbags in 1.18 million full-size crossover SUVs including 2009-2013 Chevrolet Traverse, 2008-2013 Buick Enclave, 2008-2013 GMC Acadia and 2008-2010 Saturn Outlook.
GM says the danger happens if drivers ignore the airbag warning light on their instrument panel. If drivers do not address the issue, it can lead to a wiring failure and “non-deployment of the side impact restraints”.
The company also issued a recall of 63,900 2013 and 2014 Cadillac XTS full-size sedans over a plug in the brake system that can come loose, allowing corrosion and increasing the likelihood of overheating and an engine-compartment fire.
“Today’s announcement underscores the focus we’re putting on the safety and peace of mind of our customers,” Barra said.
This is not the first time GM has faced such issues and these recalls have caused a serious dent in the company’s reputation. However, the company is confident that these issues will be sorted as soon as possible and ensure GM is back on track. The company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets and this US recall will soon be forgotten.