Following the uproar over its failure to inform consumers about serious auto safety defects that resulted in injuries and fatalities, General Motors has quickly announced three new safety recalls that are unrelated to last month’s ignition switch recall that involved more than 1.5 million cars.
According to a report in USA Today, the trio of new recalls involving about 2 million more vehicles is “a result of CEO Mary Barra’s request for a comprehensive internal safety review following the ignition switch recall.”
Dangerous and Defective Vehicles
GM’s recall of 1.6 million vehicles last month has triggered federal investigations into whether the automaker knew about the switch problem as early as 2001. So far, 12 deaths and 31 crashes have been linked to this switch recall.
The three recalls they’ve now issued after the “internal review” include:
- Airbag failure: Seat-mounted side airbags could fail due to a wiring problem in 1.18 million full-size crossover SUVs including the 2009-2013 Chevrolet Traverse, 2008-2013 Buick Enclave, 2008-2013 GMC Acadia and 2008-2010 Saturn Outlook. So far, GM says no accidents or injuries have been linked to this problem.
- Fire hazard: A plug in the brake system of 63,900 2013 and 2014 Cadillac XTS sedans can come loose leading to overheating and a potential engine compartment fire. GM has received two reports of fires at dealerships. No injuries have been reported.
- Head injury risk: Unbelted front seat passengers in Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana commercial vans can suffer head injuries because the material covering the passenger-side air bag doesn’t meet federal standards. About 303,000 of the 2009-14 standard and medium-duty models are involved. GM has issued a “stop delivery” order for vans still at dealerships and until a fix is developed.
What To Do If You’re Vehicle Has Been Recalled
Getting a recall notification isn’t really great news for vehicle owners. A recall doesn’t necessarily mean that your life is in immediate danger. However, if you act promptly, you will be able to ensure your safety and the safety of your family.
As soon as you get word of the recall for your make and model, you should call the dealership or the manufacturer to find out the quickest and most effective solution. If it is an official recall, the dealership will repair the vehicle free of charge.
If you are in the market for a used car, be wary of recalls. Whether you are about to purchase a car or own a car, it would be in your best interest to stay abreast of all vehicle recalls.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has comprehensive and current information about all vehicle recalls.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a defective vehicle or a recalled vehicle, please contact an experienced auto defect lawyer to explore your legal rights and options.