General Motors has issued yet another round of safety recalls affecting cars both new and old. The five recalls summarized in a statement from the automaker include 310,189 Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Pontiac, and Saturn vehicles from model years 2002 to 2015:
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RECALL #1: 2002-2004 Saturn VUE UNITS AFFECTED: 215,243 (202,155 in the U.S.)
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RECALL #2: 2013 Buick Encore; 2013 Cadillac ATS; 2013 Chevrolet Trax (Canada) UNITS AFFECTED: 72,826 (48,059 in the U.S.)
In some of these vehicles, the pretensioner cables on the front lap belts may not properly lock in place. As a result, the belts may not restrain occupants during collisions or sudden stops, creating the potential for increased injury. However, GM notes that the defect was discovered during crash tests, and that no injuries have been linked to the problem. GM has ordered dealers to stop selling these vehicles until they've been repaired. GM hasn't indicated when it will notify owners of the recall, but when it does, owners will be asked to take their vehicles to GM dealers, who will replace both pretensioners, free of charge.
RECALL #3: 2013 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala UNITS AFFECTED: 15,386 (14,940 in the U.S.)
GM reports that the front storage compartment doors on some LT and LTZ models may have a faulty latch. If the vehicle is hit from behind, the latch may not hold the door in place, allowing it to swing open and potentially injuring passengers. As with recall #2 above, GM says that no collisions or injuries have been linked to the problem, but it has issued a stop-sale order to dealers, meaning that the affected models won't be sold until they've been repaired. The fix for both unsold vehicles and those already on the road involves replacing the inertia latch on the storage compartment door.
RECALL #4: 2007 Chevrolet Optra (Canada); 2009-2010 Chevrolet Aveo; 2009 Pontiac G3 UNITS AFFECTED: 2,091 (1,968 in the U.S.)
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RECALL #5: 2014 Chevrolet Spark UNITS AFFECTED: 3,110 (1,919 in the U.S.)
GM says that the bolts holding the Spark's left and right lower control arms may not have been tightened to specifications, which could affect a driver's ability to maneuver the vehicle. The company has already sent notifications to owners, asking them not to drive their Sparks, but rather to have them transported to a local Chevy dealer. Dealers will inspect the bolts and tighten them, if necessary. GM says that it knows of no accidents or injuries associated with the problem.
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For a complete rundown of the 29,000,000 GM vehicles recalled in 2014 (so far), have a look at the handy cheat sheet above.
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