GM recalls more cars, trucks and SUVs
General Motors announced two more recalls late last Friday, bringing to 4.8 million the number of cars, trucks and SUVs the automaker has called back for repairs in the past month.
The string of recalls, topped by an ignition switch problem in compact cars now linked to 13 crash deaths, has embarrassed the company and sidetracked its new CEO, who started work just over two months ago.
GM has admitted knowing about the switch problem a decade ago, yet it didn't recall any cars until last February. The recall delay has brought two congressional investigations and probes by the Justice Department and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Late Friday night, GM announced it would recall 490,000 late-model pickup trucks and SUVs because transmission oil cooling lines weren't secured properly in their fittings. Transmission oil can leak from a fitting and hit hot surfaces, causing fires, the company said in a statement. GM said it knows of three fires and no injuries.
The recall affects Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks from the 2014 model year, as well as 2015 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe SUVs and the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs. All have six-speed automatic transmissions.
The Silverado is GM's top-selling vehicle and an important profit centre for the company. The GMC Sierra also is among GM's top sellers.
Also last Friday night, GM announced the recall of 172,000 Chevrolet Cruze compact cars because the right front axle shaft can fracture and separate while being driven.
The recall affects cars from the 2013 and 2014 model years equipped with 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder gasolene engines.