General Motors has issued yet another round of recalls for potential safety defects, affecting cars both new and old.
According to Fox Business News, the five new recalls covering 269,000 vehicles include 202,115 Saturn Vue SUVs from model years 2002 to 2004.
The company reports that the ignition key in these vehicles when the vehicle is not in the “off” position.
So far, GM knows of two crashes and one injury connected to this problem. When this recall begins, dealers will inspect the vehicles and replace the ignition cylinder and key set if necessary.
Several Safety Defects Reported
GM also recalled 48,059 Cadillac ATS four-door sedans and Buick Encore SUVs from 2013 due to seatbelt defects. In these vehicles the lap-belt pretensioner cables may not properly lock.
In addition 14,940 Chevy Impala vehicles from 2014-2015 have been recalled because the front console storage compartment in some LT and LTZ models may open in the event of a rear-end collision. The two remaining recalls cover fewer than 4,000 vehicles.
Some 2009-2010 Chevy Aveo and 2009 Pontiac G3 vehicles have a brake fluid problem while certain 2014 Chevy Sparks have left and right lower control arm attaching bolts that may not be tightened to specification.
GM’s Issues with Vehicle Safety
General Motors has come under fire for a decade-long delay in recalling vehicles with defective ignition switches. GM began a company-wide safety review after recalling 2.6 million small cars that have faulty ignition switches.
The automaker subsequently recalled millions of additional vehicles for a variety of issues. GM has linked the ignition defects to at least 13 fatalities.
Congress and the Department of Justice are investigating the issue while GM has already agreed to pay a maximum fine of $35 million to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for dragging its feet on the recall.
If Your Vehicle Has Been Recalled
If your GM vehicle is on a safety recall list, it is imperative that you contact a dealer right away to find out more information about getting the problem fixed. As far as possible, use an alternate vehicle until your recalled vehicle has been repaired. Under the law, the repairs should be made at no cost to you.
The worst thing consumers can do is to ignore a safety recall. Our legal practice has helped a number of individuals who have been seriously injured as a result of these defective vehicles. Please take these recalls seriously.
If you are about to purchase a used vehicle, please check NHTSA’s website to ensure that the vehicle you are about to purchase has not been recalled for safety issues.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective vehicle, please preserve your vehicle in its current condition and contact an experienced auto product liability law firm to obtain more information regarding your legal rights and options.