GM recalling 524,000 vehicles in two new recalls

David Shepardson
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington — General Motors Co. said Friday it is recalling 524,000 vehicles in two new recall campaigns — including 290,000 U.S. SUVs for loose nuts that have been linked to three crashes and two injuries.

On Monday, GM said it was recalling 120,000 2010-15 Cadillac SRX SUVs in China and Canada for suspension issues, but wouldn’t say how many vehicles were affected in the United States. GM said Friday the recall include 290,107 2010-15 Cadillac SRX and 2011-12 Saab 9-4X SUVs in the United States to make sure rear toe link adjuster bolts are properly tightened.

GM said loose nuts could result in a loose joint and worn threads that could cause the toe adjuster link to separate. Dealers will inspect for the condition and, if necessary, will remove them and install a new link assembly. Unsold vehicles are being checked for proper torquing before being sold. GM is aware of three crashes and two injuries as result of this condition.

GM also said it is recalling nearly 90,000 2013-15 Chevrolet Spark models in the U.S. because rust can cause the secondary hood latch striker to stick in the open position. If the primary latch is not closed, the hood could open unexpectedly. These vehicles, imported from South Korea, were manufactured with a secondary hood latch that may prematurely rust at the latch pivot, causing the striker to get stuck out of position and preventing the striker from properly engaging the hood latch.

The new recalls means GM has issued at least 71 separate recalls in 2014. It means GM North America has called back 26.5 million vehicles in the United States and at least 29.9 million worldwide.

About 13,000 of these unsold vehicles are subject to a stop sale at U.S. dealerships and will not be delivered until repairs are made. Customers will be notified by letter about the recall and dealers will replace the hood striker with an improved part when parts are available .

GM told NHTSA in March it learned of three incidents in the United Kingdom of the hoods opening without warning. During its investigation, GM learned that in November 2013 the part failed a component level corrosion test. By February, GM had determined that the anti-rust coating was “deficient and did not meet GM’s requirements.” A change to a better coating was implemented on July 31. GM said it had 10 warranty reports of the problem in the United States.

GM is not aware of any crashes or injuries. as a result of this condition.

The Justice Department is investigating GM’s handling of a delayed ignition switch recall of 2.6 million older Chevrolet Cobalts, Saturn Ions and other cars linked to at least 23 deaths. The Securities and Exchange Commission, 45 state attorneys general and Canadian officials are also investigating.

GM paid a record-setting $35 million fine to NHTSA in May for delaying its ignition recall and agreed to up to three years of intense monitoring by NHTSA.

Automakers have recalled nearly 50 million vehicles this year, shattering the prior all-time record of 30.8 million vehicles recalled in 2004