GM recalls 1.5 million cars to repair airbag, brake and instrument panel flaws

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Detroit, MI, United States (4E) – General Motors Co. announced Monday it is recalling 1.5 million SUVs, sedans and vans sold in the U.S. to repair flaws in their side airbag, brakes and instrument panel.

GM CEO Mary Barra announced the recall of 1.2 million 2008-13 Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia, 2009-13 Chevrolet Traverse and 2008-2010 Saturn Outlook; 64,000 2013 and 2014 Cadillac XTS; and 303,000 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans.

The wiring for the seat-mounted side airbags of the 1.2 million recalled SUVs will be fixed so the warning light that reads “Service Air Bag,” when ignored, will not result in the non-deployment of the air bags.

The recalled Cadillac XTS will get a fix for its overheating brakes that had caused two fires but no injury or death. The instrument panel for the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana will be replaced with material that will not harm unbelted passengers when they hit it.

GM estimates the cost of doing the repairs for the 1.5 million recalled cars at $300 million.

The recall comes as GM faces investigation by Congress, safety regulators and the U.S. Attorney in New York for being late in recalling 1.62 million older Cobalts, Ions and other cars with faulty ignition switches. The faulty ignition switches reportedly caused at least a dozen deaths.

Authorities claimed GM engineers knew the problem in 2004 but only made the recall last month.

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