GM Rushes To Fix Its Image By Issuing Three New Recalls for 1.5 Million Vehicles


It may seem counter-intuitive, but General Motors is trying to help fix its image by issuing three new recalls today.

These have nothing to do with the faulty ignition switch recalls which have the company under fire from pretty much every direction. CEO Mary Barra, in hopes of repairing the public’s perception of how General Motors responds to recalls, asked her executives to step-up any investigations and resolve them quickly.

Today, the response came with three new and unrelated recalls. There are 1.5 million vehicles affected this time around bringing the total number of recalled General Motors vehicles for this year to double what it was last year, and it’s only March.

The first recall is for 303,000 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savanas from the 2009-2014 model years with gross vehicle weight under 10,000 pounds. They are reworking instrument panel material to meet with head impact requirements for unrestrained passengers.

The second recall is for 63,900 Cadillac XTS full-size sedans from the 2013 and 2014 model years. This one is due to a problem with a plug in the brake booster pump relay that could cause it to dislodge and lead to overheating.

The final recall affects 1.18 million Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia models from the 2008-2013 model years, the Chevrolet Traverse from the 2009-2013 model years, and the Saturn Outlook from the 2008-2010 model years. These vehicles are being recalled due to a problem where an ignored Service Air Bag warning light could cause non-deployment of side-impact restraints.

Currently GM will be incurring a $300 million charge in the first quarter to cover these recalls as well as the ignition switch recall.

Barra hopes that by acting quickly on safety recalls that the public will take seriously their efforts to ensure the public’s safety in GM vehicles and gain back some of the trust they’ve likely lost over the last few months.

Check out this video review of one of the affected vehicles, the 2013 GMC Acadia…

Nicole Wakelin fell in love with cars as a teenager when she got to go for a ride in a Ferrari. It was red and it was fast and that was all that mattered. Game over. She considers things a bit more carefully now, but still has a weakness for fast, beautiful cars. Nicole also writes for NerdApproved and GeekMom.