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Two More GM Recalls; Hold on Sales of Midsize Trucks

Oct 7, 2014

General Motors ordered its dealers to stop selling the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks until an air bag defect can be fixed.

These trucks are the new 2015 models and dealers have only sold a few dozen of the midsized trucks, The Detroit Free Press reports. In a separate action, GM issued two new recalls involving more than half a million vehicles, including new Cadillac crossovers and a discontinued Saab SUV to fix loose joints and worn threads blamed for three crashes and two injuries. Those two recalls affect 524,384 vehicles in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The company has now issued 71 recalls this year, encompassing a record 30 million vehicles worldwide.

GM said the Colorado and Canyon contain "driver air bag connections that were wired incorrectly during the manufacturing process.” This condition will “cause the driver airbags to not function as designed," GM said. The company said the issue had not caused any crashes or injuries, according to the Free Press.

The largest recall of the day included 290,107 Cadillac SRX (2010-2015) and Saab 9-4X (2011-2012) because "improper torquing could possibly result in a loose joint and worn threads that could cause the toe adjuster link to separate." GM said it reported the condition to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Sept. 17. GM also recalled 89,294 Chevrolet Spark minicars (2013-2015) in the U.S. because the secondary hood latch could stick in the open position. If the primary latch is not engaged, the hood could open unexpectedly, the Free Press reports. The company said it did not know of any crashes caused by the problem.

GM has experienced a record number of recalled vehicles this year, including 2.6 million small cars, mostly from mid-2000s model years, with defective ignition switches now linked to 24 deaths in crashes. GM set up a compensation fund, overseen by Kenneth Feinberg, who oversaw the 9/11 compensation fund. The fund is now considering claims from the injured and from families of those who died, the Free Press reports.

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