By Mike Colias, Crain News Service
DETROIT (May 20, 2014) — General Motors Co. is recalling 2.42 million cars, trucks and SUVs in the U.S. in four separate safety recalls, raising its recall total for the year to more than 13.6 million vehicles.
The auto maker said May 20 that it expects to take a second-quarter charge of about $400 million, mostly to cover the cost of recalls announced during the period. That includes a $200 million charge from five recalls that GM announced late last week.
The recalls announced by GM today include:
• 1.3 million Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia large crossovers from model years 2009 to 2014, and 2009-10 Saturn Outlooks, because front seat-belt cables can wear out over time and separate, increasing injury risk in a crash. In a stop-sale notice sent to dealers on May 19, GM said an inspection and repair process for the crossovers “is currently being developed. Parts needed to complete this repair are not available at this time.”
• 1.1 million Chevy Malibus from 2004-08 and Pontiac G6 sedans from 2005-08 because of a shift cable in the four-speed automatic transmission that can wear out, “resulting in mismatches of the gear position indicated by the shift lever.”
It is an expansion of a recall GM announced in late April for 2007-2008 Saturn Aura sedans, which share a platform with the Malibu and G6. GM said the transmission shift cable might fracture, which could prevent the driver from selecting a different gear, putting the car in park or removing the key from the ignition.