General Motors Recalls Nearly 2.5 Million Cars, Bringing The Total to 13.6 Million Vehicles Recalled in 2014.
General Motors announced the recall of 2.42 million vehicles last week. This represents the latest in an unrelenting stream of vehicles that General Motors has needed to recall this year. The latest recalls are for four separate issues, affecting the Buick Enclave, Chevy Traverse, GMC Acadia, Chevy Malibu, Pontiac G6, Cadillac Escalade, Cadillac Escalade ESV, Chevy Silverado, and GMC Sierra HD. According to a General Motors press release, the recent recalls were made to address problems with the seat belts separating and air bag deployment.
While these latest recalls address serious safety concerns with General Motors vehicles, the car maker's largest worries are related to a separate series of recalls caused by a fault in the ignition switch located behind the steering wheel. According to an NPR article, the ignition on some GM vehicles would turn from the "On" position to the "Accessory" position for no apparent reason. This would lock the steering wheel and prevent the airbags from deploying in the event of a collision.
In February 2014, General Motors acknowledged the problem and issued a public apology to the families of at least 14 people who have been killed and more than 17 who were injured from the faulty ignition switch. Additionally, a recall has been expanded to include 1.6 million more vehicles. Vehicles that may have the faulty ignition include 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalts, 2003-2007 Saturn Ions, 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHRs, 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstices, and the 2007 Saturn Sky. Any of these vehicles could be extremely dangerous and lead to a deadly New Mexico auto accident..