If you are a proud owner of an even somewhat newer GM vehicle that has not been the subject of a recent recall, you are lucky. The giant automaker has issued yet another recall, this time for 2.7 million vehicles. It’s getting difficult to keep track of the mass recalls that have been issued by GM recently, and for good reason. During 2014, the company has recalled more vehicles than it sold during all of 2013, and the year isn’t even halfway through.
So far, the 2014 GM recall tally is sitting at 11.1 million in the United States alone, or 12.8 million globally. Of course, those numbers could easily change tomorrow, considering how rapidly they have been coming out lately. On top of that, GM also earned the prestige of a $38 million fine from the federal government, proving that the parental advice of just fessing up for transgressions really is the best course of action, even for large corporations.
The new recall entails 2.44 million vehicles with electric issues that can make the brake lights malfunction, which doesn’t take a genius to understand how that could be dangerous. The wiring problems can also cause complications with the cruise control, brake-shift interlock, and whole variety of safety systems like panic-brake assist and stability control. In other words, the problem could lead to even more fiery deaths and lawsuits against GM, making the recall more than necessary.
Vehicles affected by this latest round of recalls include the 2002 to 2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, 2004 to 2012 Malibu, 2007 to 2010 Saturn Aura, and 2005 to 2010 Pontiac G6. On top of that, 111,889 C6 Corvettes have been recalled because low beam headlights are prone to failure. The 2014 Malibu is also on the recall list because of a software glitch that can cut power to brake assist without warning. 2013 to 2014 Cadillac CTS models are also included because of a windshield wiper problem. The 2014 Silverado and Sierra pickups, plus the 2015 Tahoes are also recalled because of a tie rod problem.