GM recalls 2.59 million vehicles worldwide

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Detroit, MI, United States (4E) – General Motors Co. announced Tuesday the recall of 2.59 million SUVs, pickups and sedans worldwide to fix their faulty seat belt cables, transmission shift cable, air bag and clips attaching the generator fuse block.

The recalls includes 1,339,355 2009-14 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia full-size crossover SUVs and 2009-10 Saturn Outlooks; 1,075,102 2004-08 Chevrolet Malibu and Maxx, 2007-08 Saturn Aura, 2005-08 Pontiac G6; 58 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD full-size pickups; and 1,402 2015 Cadillac Escalades and Escalade ESVs.

GM said 18 crashes and one injury are being linked to one of the problems in the latest recall, but no fatalities. The problem in the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia is that the front safety lap belt cables can wear out due to people moving around while wearing the belts and separate over time. A separated cable could increase risk of injury to front seat passengers during a crash, GM said.

For the Malibu and G6 cars, their four-speed automatic transmission have a condition in which the transmission shift cable may fracture preventing the driver from selecting gear, removing the key from the ignition or placing the transmission in park. The 18 reported crashes are linked to these cars’ flaws. Dealers will replace the shift cable and attachment bracket.

The Cadillac Escalades and Escalade ESVs have an insufficiently heated plastic weld that attaches the passenger side air bag to the instrument panel assembly. The weak weld could result in partial deployment of the air bag. GM stopped the sale of the cars and instructed customers to not let occupants sit in the front passenger seat until the vehicle has been serviced.

The Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD have clips attaching the generator fuse block that can become loose and lead to a fire.

nor injury is linked to the issues in the Cadillac Escalades, Escalade ESVs, Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD.

GM has told dealers they cannot sell new or used models until repairs are made. Its plants also will repair vehicles on-site once it receives parts.

The latest recall follows Thursday’s five recalls that totaled 3 million vehicles. The carmaker now has a total 29 recalls in the U.S. this year covering 13.57 million vehicles, including the 2.6 million cars whose ignition switch flaw is linked to 12 deaths in 46 accidents. Worldwide recall totaled 15.4 million cars.

The series of recalls are part of the company’s “house cleaning” campaign that quickly addresses emerging safety issues.

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