The ongoing General Motors safety debacle continues with another announced recall that adds 8.2 million vehicles to the massive and growing array of cars that have been recalled over faulty ignition switches.
This newest recall, for the most part, involves later model, mid-sized cars, bringing the total number of GM vehicle recalls to in excess of 28 million, according to The Associated Press (AP). Regarding this recall, GM indicated that it was aware of three fatalities, eight injuries, and seven crashes; however, the auto maker indicated that it had no definitive proof that faulty switches are involved.
GM also indicated that it intends to take a $1.2 billion charge in the second quarter for recall-related expenses, which is in addition to a $1.3 billion charge in the first quarter. The total recall expense for the year now stands at $2.5 billion, wrote the AP.
This most recent recall involves seven vehicles, including the Chevrolet Malibu from 1997 to 2005, the Pontiac Grand Prix from 2004 to 2008, and the newer 2003-2014 Cadillac CTS. According to GM, the recalls involve “unintended ignition key rotation,” the AP reported.
GM CEO Mary Barra said the recalls have to do with the very broad safety review occurring within the firm. “If any other issues come to our attention, we will act appropriately and without hesitation,” Barra said in a statement. The firm urges consumers to remove everything but the cars’ key from their key rings until the recalled cars are repaired.
GM also announced four additional recalls this week involving more than 200,000 additional vehicles. For the most part, the recalls were implemented to fix an electrical malfunction that causes an electrical short in the driver’s door that may disable the power locks and windows and may lead to overheating, according to both the AP and Newsday.
GM, considered the largest United States automaker, is increasing its recall activity in the midst of a number of probes brought over its delays in recalling 2.59 million small cars with ignition issues that have been tied to at least 13 deaths. Since that recall was initiated in February, GM has recalled various other cars for similar issues, which accounts to some 9 million of the fixes, wrote Newsday.
“We undertook what I believe is the most comprehensive safety review in the history of our company because nothing is more important than the safety of our customers,” said GM chief executive Mary Barra. “Our customers deserve more than we delivered in these vehicles. That has hardened my resolve to set a new industry standard for vehicle safety, quality and excellence,” she added, according to Newsday.
Some of the recalled ignition switches were worked on by Ray DeGiorgio. DeGiorgio is the former GM engineer who is at the focus of the 2.59 million compact car recall in early 2014, with ties to the 13 deaths, according to GM spokesman, Alan Adler in a telephone interview with Newsday. Adler would not indicate which of the new recalls involved DeGiorgio.