General Motors just can’t win for losing lately. The ignition recall, which has prompted more than a little controversy and caused some serious headaches for Mary Barra and everyone else at the General, is now augmented by another huge recall, this time affecting 2.7 million vehicles.
The latest GM recall is for passenger taillight malfunctions in 2.44 million cars due to corrosion in the control module. The vehicles affected include the 2004-2012 Chevrolet Malibu, 2004-2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, 2005-2010 Pontiac G6 (now discontinued) and 2007-2010 Saturn Aura (also discontinued). The failure isn’t just about the lights not working, though. It’s about the module failing and taking out several other safety systems with it.. like cruise and traction control, stability control, and panic braking assist. A General Motors recall investigation for this problem says it’s resulted in no fatalities, but has been responsible for at least two injuries.
Adding to that huge recall are smaller ones affecting about 300,000 vehicles. These are for a variety of problems on various vehicles. They include headlight failures on C6 Corvettes, brake booster malfunctions on 2014 Malibus, non-functioning windshield wipers on 2013-2014 Cadillac CTS cars after a jump start, and tie-rod failures in some full-sized pickup trucks and SUVs.
This adds to other recalls for smaller issues affecting specific vehicles. A full GM recall list can be found on their website and can be searched by vehicle year/make/model.
Not a good year for GM. Recalls are expected to hit them for over $200 million this quarter alone.