May 23, 2014 at 11:31 pm

GM recalls 500 full-size pickups, SUVs

General Motors Co. said Friday it was recalling about 500 2014 and 2015 full-size pickups and SUVs because the air bags may not work.

The Detroit automaker, in its 30th recall this year, said apart in the sensing and diagnostic module controlling vehicle air bags may be faulty. In vehicles with a problem, a warning lamp will light up for the entire time the vehicle’s ignition is on, indicating a fault in the air bags. The automaker knows of no crashes or injuries related to the defect, GM spokesman Alan Adler said.

GM said the affected vehicles cannot be sold by dealers until repairs are made;another 1,500 to 1,600 vehicles have been held at plants to fix before being shipped to dealers, Adler said. The company did not offer specifics on which trucks and SUVs were included or how many of each vehicle.

“The announcement of this recall demonstrates GM’s commitment to quickly identifying recall conditions to minimize the impact on customers,” the company said in a statement.

GM has recalled nearly 14 million vehicles in the United States this year several million vehicles alone this week — in numerous campaigns. The automaker may continue to recall vehicles into midsummer as it continues to evaluate data on vehicle problems, Barclays Capital said in a research note this week, citing a meeting with GM executives.

This week, GM said it expects to take a $400 million charge in the second quarter to cover the cost of new recalls. That’s on top of a $1.3 billion charge in the first quarter.
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