GM adds 5 recalls; 2014 total above 11 million

DETROIT - General Motors announced Thursday five new recalls that cover 2.7 million vehicles.

The cars include:

  • 2,440,524 previous generation passenger cars for taillamp malfunctions
  • 103,158 previous generation Chevrolet Corvettes for loss of low-beam head lamps
  • 140,067 Chevrolet Malibus from the 2014 model year for hydraulic brake booster malfunctions
  • 19,225 Cadillac CTS 2013-2014 models for windshield wiper failures
  • 477 full-size trucks from the 2014 and 2015 model years for a tie-rod defect that can lead to a crash

The largest recall involves 2004-2012 Chevy Malibu, 2004-2007 Chevy Malibu Maxx, 2005-2010 Pontiac G6 and 2007-2010 Saturn Auras in the U.S. to modify the brake lamp wiring harness. Affected vehicles could have corrosion develop in the wiring harness for the body control module due to micro-vibration. The condition could result in brake lamps failing to illuminate when the brakes are applied or brake lamps illuminating when the brakes are not engaged.

There have been several hundred complaints and 13 crashes, including two injuries that GM is aware of as a result of the condition.

The second safety recall covers 111,889 Chevrolet Corvettes from the 2005-2007 model years for potential loss of low-beam headlamp operation Models from 2008-2013 will be covered under a Customer Satisfaction Program. All repairs will be at no cost to customers.

The third recall covers 140,067 Chevy Malibus from 2014 model year with 2.5L engines and stop/start technology.

The 19,225 Cadillac CTS from 2013-2014 is because the wiper system may become inoperable after a vehicle jumpstart.

Finally, the fifth recall involves certain 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra light-duty pickups and 2015 Chevy Tahoe SUVs. The tie rod threaded attachment to the steering gear rack in these vehicles may not be tightened to specification.

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