GM recalls 2.4 million more vehicles, bringing total to a record

General Motors is recalling another 2.4 million cars and trucks, the embattled automaker announced Tuesday, bringing the number of vehicles called in to repair defects this year to a record 13.6 million in the United States.

The cost of the recalls is also spiraling, as GM said it is setting aside an additional $200 million to deal with the latest set. Overall, the company said, the recalls ordered this year could cost $1.7 billion.

Since the start of the year, GM has initiated 29 recalls. The flurry of action followed news of GM’s slow recall of 2.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts and other small models equipped with a faulty ignition switch that the company has linked to 13 deaths.

The latest recalls are to repair problems with the safety belts in several crossover models, as well as problems with gearshifts, air bags and retention clips in other cars. GM said no fatalities have been associated with these recalls, although there have been 18 crashes and one injury.

The recalls are for:

●1,339,355 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia full-size crossovers from the 2009-2014 model years. It also covers 2009-2010 Saturn Outlooks because front safety lap belt cables can separate over time. In a crash, a separated cable could increase the risk of injury to front-seat passengers.

●1,075,102 f0ur-speed automatic transmission 2005-2008 Chevrolet Malibus and 2005-2008 Pontiac G6s equipped with a shift cable that could wear out over time, resulting in mismatches of the gear position indicated by the shift lever.

●1,402 Cadillac Escalades and Escalade ESVs from the 2015 model year because an insufficiently heated plastic weld that attaches the passenger-side air bag to the instrument panel assembly could result in a partial deployment of the air bag in a crash.

●58 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD full-size pickups from the 2015 model year because retention clips attaching the generator fuse block to the vehicle body can become loose and lead to a fire.

Michael A. Fletcher is a national economics correspondent, writing about unemployment, state and municipal debt, the evolving job market and the auto industry.
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