GM recalls 718,000 cars, trucks over seat, steering issues

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Detroit, MI, United States (4E) – General Motors announced Wednesday it is recalling 717,949 recent model vehicles in the U.S. to fix seat bolt and weld issues and electric power steering defects.

Covered by the recall are 414,333 2011-2012 model year Chevrolet Camaro; 2010-2012 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain; 2011-2012 Buick Regal and LaCrosse; and 2010-2012 Cadillac SRX models.

Also recalled were 124,007 2014 Chevrolet Caprice, 2014 Chevrolet SS, 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado LD and HD, 2013-2014 Cadillac ATS, 2014 Cadillac CTS, 2014 Cadillac ELR; 2013-2014 Buick Encore; and 2014-2015 GMC Sierra LD and HD vehicles.

The other recalls cover 120,426 2011-2013 Buick Regal and 2013 Chevrolet Malibus; 57,242 2014 Chevrolet Impalas; 1,919 2014-2015 Chevrolet Sparks imported from Korea; and 22 2015 model year Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban and GMC Yukon/Yukon Denali.

“These recalls signify how we’ve enhanced our approach to safety,” said Jeff Boyer, vice president, Global Vehicle Safety. “We are bringing greater rigor and discipline to our analysis and decision making. If we identify an issue – large or small – that might affect the safety of our customers, we will act decisively.”

The carmaker said the bolt securing the power height adjustable driver or front passenger seat structures in the 414,333 cars may become loose or fall out causing the seat to move up and down freely. One crash that injured three was linked to the defect, according to GM.

GM said customers should not use the power height adjustable feature until dealers can replace its bolt.

Of the 124,007 recalled cars, some may have an incomplete weld on the seat hook bracket assembly. The company learned this based on the data from a laser welding machine that said it lost power between July 2013 and January 2014.Under the circumstance, an incomplete weld results.

GM said it is unaware of any crash related to the defect. The recall aims to check if the weld is sufficient or insufficient. If it is insufficient, dealers will replace the lower seat track at no charge.

The 120,426 Regals and Malibus, a rapidly flashing turn signal arrow in the instrument cluster will not work if one of two bulbs burn out. Dealers will reprogram the body control module to fix the problem. There is no crash, injury or complaint related to the defect.

For the Impalas, some may have reduced or no power steering assist at start-up or while driving due to a poor electrical ground connection to the Power Steering Control Module. One crash that did not cause injury or fatality was linked to the defect.

“Paint may have seeped behind the nut on the power steering control module ground stud. Dealers will inspect and clean paint from behind the ground nut, re-torque the nut and update the power steering control module software at no charge,” the company said.

For the Sparks, dealers will inspect the left and right hand lower arm control arm attaching bolts to assure they are tightened to specification. If not tightened, it could result in noise from the front suspension and separation of the lower control arm from the steering knuckle while driving resulting in loss of steering control.

The Tahoe/Suburban and Yukon/Yukon Denali cars have roof carriers that may have been attached with the wrong retaining nuts and could result in holes or tears in the roof rail air bags if they deploy.

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