New GM Recall: 3 Million for Brakes, Lights, Wipers

General Motors is recalling 3 million cars and trucks worldwide to fix five different safety problems that have triggered hundreds of complaints and some injuries, but no deaths.

Most of the vehicles — 2.7 million — are in the U.S., and include GM’s redesigned pickups. Also included: 140,067 new Chevrolet Malibus for brake issues, reported here Wednesday.

GM says it will take a $200 million charge in this quarter for the cost of the recalls.

The recalls:

• 2,440,591 U.S.-market, previous-generation passenger cars for taillamp malfunctions. Another 194,314 are in Canada and 68,819 were exported.

• 477 full-size, U.S.-market pickup trucks 2014 and 2015 model years for a tie-rod defect that can lead to a crash. Another 33 are in Canada and 10 have been exported.

• 103,158 previous generation Chevrolet Corvettes in the U.S., for loss of low-beam head lamps. Another 3,054 are in Canada, 5,677 have been exported.

• 19,225 Cadillac CTS 2013-2014 models for windshield wiper failures. Another 732 are in Canada, 94 in Mexico and 1,512 were exported.

• 140,067 Chevrolet Malibus from the 2014 model year for hydraulic brake booster malfunctions. Canada has another 732 and Mexico has 1,163.

The taillight problem that is the biggest group in the recall involves 2004-2012 Chevrolet Malibu, 2004-2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, 2005-2010 Pontiac G6 and 2007-2010 Saturn Aura models in the U.S. GM says their brake-lamp wiring harness has to be modified.

GM says the corrosion that causes the brake-light fault also can disable the cruise control, traction control, electronic stability control and panic braking assist feature.

The automaker says it knows of several hundred complaints, 13 crashes and two injuries, but no fatalities as a result of the condition. The company issued a technical service bulletin concerning the problem in 2008 and recalled a small group of 2005 model-year cars in January 2009.

Other details:

The Corvette recall — 111,889 Chevrolet Corvettes worldwide from the 2005-2007 model years — is because the sports cars can loose low-beam headlamp operation. Models from 2008-2013 with the same falw will be covered under what GM calls a Customer Satisfaction Program. All repairs will be at no cost to customers.

“These announcements are examples of two ways we are putting that into practice,” said Jeff Boyer, vice president of GM Global Vehicle Safety. “We have redoubled our efforts to expedite and resolve current reviews in process, and also have identified and analyzed recent vehicle issues which require action.”

Source: USA Today