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GM issues 6 more safety recalls

Posted July 23, 2014
Updated July 24, 2014

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2013, file photo, This Photo taken Feb. 14, 2013 shows a Chevrolet logo on the grill of a 2013 Traverse at the 2013 Pittsburgh Auto Show in Pittsburgh. General Motors is recalling more than 1.5 million vehicles, including SUVs, vans and Cadillacs, for defective air bags and other problems. The recalls announced Monda, March 17, 2014, include the Chevrolet Traverse from the 2009-2013 model years. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

— General Motors issued six more recalls on Wednesday, bringing its annual total to 60 recalls covering almost 30 million vehicles.

The latest recalls cover almost 718,000 cars and trucks. The largest is for faulty seats in just over 414,000 cars and small SUVs. Other problems include incomplete welds on seat brackets, turn signal failures, power steering failures, loose suspension bolts and faulty roof rack bolts

GM is conducting a companywide safety review as it tries to correct a dysfunctional corporate culture in which safety was a low priority.

GM's spate of recalls comes after trial lawyers discovered that the company knew about a deadly small-car ignition switch problem for more than a decade, yet failed to recall the cars until this year. The company says 13 people have died in crashes linked to the switches in 2.6 million older small cars, but lawmakers and lawyers say the death toll is closer to 100.

The compnay has set up a fund to compensate victims. The bungled recall has brought investigations from the Justice Department and Congress, as well as a maximum $35 million fine from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for delays in reporting problems to the agency.

Even before Wednesday, GM had passed its old full-year record of 11.8 million vehicles recalled in 2004. The company also pushed the total number of vehicles recalled in the U.S. by all automakers well over the old record of 30.8 million vehicles, also set in 2004. Automakers have recalled more than 33 million vehicles so far this year.

See the complete list of recalls online.

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  • Laringar Jul 24, 2014

    Funny, all the people calling it "Government Motors". You do realize that GM completely paid that loan off, complete with interest, over a year ago? And while the government did take a hit when it divested itself of the GM stock (meaning they no longer have any direct stake in GM), the cost of letting the company fail would have been far greater. (Because of unemployment benefits that would have been paid, lost tax revenue, etc). The estimated cost of a GM failure would have been a $28 billion hit to government coffers, they "only" took a $10 billion loss on the sale of stock. That's an $18 billion effective gain, for $50 billion invested. Not a bad ROI.

    But hey. Since when do conservatives let facts get in the way of snark?

    By the way, to the people asking "Why notify if the parts don't exist to fix it?" If the recall creates a safety hazard, the car owner can go ahead and take steps to mitigate risk until the parts are available.

  • Chad Hines Jul 24, 2014
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    Certainly you all can build a better, safer, more reliable automobile?

  • Danny Cole Jul 23, 2014
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    As someone said the other day on GM's 72 hour sale. You buy the car and within 72 hours GM will have issued a Recall against it. Why would anyone buy a Government Motors car with all this going on is beyond me.

  • Stilllearnin Jul 23, 2014

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    I am kind of thinking that the welding issues may be a quality control issue because they usually use robots for the welding .

  • areyououtofyourmind Jul 23, 2014

    What a scathing sentence in the article, "as it (GM) tries to correct a dysfunctional corporate culture in which safety was a low priority."

  • thomasew52 Jul 23, 2014

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    Yes, and Obama was going around bragging about saving the U.S. auto business. In fact, he didn't save it, we did, the taxpayers.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jul 23, 2014

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    I might agree with that, but I don't think any of the auto manufacturers in the US or even worldwide hasn't had a recall in the past two years. Even Toyota finally did one.

    And in truth, the VA hospitals aren't the problem. The problem is some members of their management and administrative staff that have been hiding numbers, something for which legal action should occur because those hidden numbers caused some to die.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jul 23, 2014

    Geez, Louise!!!

    How about getting us a list of the vehicles that haven't been recalled. Seems lately that it would be a much shorter list.

  • Larry Wiandt Jul 23, 2014
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    Sounds like Government Motors is about as incompetent as the VA hospitals.

  • Grant Boettcher Jul 23, 2014
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    never liked Chevys. Chevy Chase, though, is hilarious.

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