Recalls at GM Near 14M in First Half of 2014

The year isn’t even half over and incidents of recalls don’t seem to be waning for General Motors. The car giant announced four more recalls on Friday, June 6. More than 89,000 vehicles were pulled back, including the Chevrolet Silverado, Camaro, Cruze and GMC pickup trucks. This brings GM’s record total to 34 separate recalls involving nearly 14 million vehicles in 2014 alone.

Specific issues sparking the most recent recall in over 50,000 vehicles, include radio malfunctions preventing audible warnings signaling if the key is still in the ignition once the driver’s side door is open. In addition, the radio malfunction shuts off the sound which signals when a front seatbelt is not buckled. Cars involved in this specific recall include the 2014 Silverado, GMC Sierra LD and the 2015 Silverado HD.

However, unlike the controversial ignition switch defect which is linked to the death of at least 13, this most recent recall was not sparked by any accidents or injuries related to the defect, according to GM. However, the defect does put the company out of compliance with federal motor vehicle safety standards.

Another defect involved 31,520 cars from the 2012 model year Buick Verano, Chevrolet Camaro, Cruze and Sonic. There was an electrical problem which caused the airbag light to illuminate and in some cases prevented it from deploying in a crash.

General Motors has been under heavy fire and scrutiny since it was revealed that it hid the ignition switch defect for 11 years before acting on it. As a result of its own internal investigation, General Motors Chief Executive Mary Barra reportedly fired 15 people linked to the scandal.

Still, the auto giant faces ongoing investigations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. Congress and the Department of Justice.

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