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GM Vehicle Recall

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General Motors Co. recalled 1.5 million vehicles on Monday for problems unrelated to its ignition switch recall, including engine compartment fires and airbag deployment failures, and said it expected to take a $300 million charge to cover recall-related expenses.
The new recalls are the result of an internal safety review launched by GM following its recall of 1.6 million vehicles for the ignition switch defect, which can cause their engines to suddenly shut off and prevent their airbags from deploying. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating whether GM took too long to recall the vehicles. Critics claim that the automaker knew about the defect in 2004, or possibly even earlier.
The largest of the three separate recalls announced Monday affects 1.18 million SUVs. The vehicles’ driver and passenger seat-mounted side airbags, front center airbags and seat belt pretensioners may not deploy in the event of a crash. According to GM, the vehicles’ “service airbag” warning light should alert drivers to the issue.
The recall includes Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia vehicles from model years 2008 to 2013, Chevrolet Traverses from model years 2009 to 2013, and Saturn Outlooks from model years 2008 to 2010.
The third recall involves 303,000 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans from model years 2009 to 2014 with gross vehicle weights under 10,000 pounds. The vehicles do not comply with a requirement designed to protect passengers in crashes in which they are not wearing or become unmoored from their seatbelt.
The ignition switch recall, which came in two parts in February, includes Chevrolet Cobalt, Chevrolet HHR, Pontiac G5, Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Ion and Saturn Sky vehicles of varying model years from 2003 to 2007. The ignition switch in the recalled vehicles may inadvertently slip out of the “run” position while it is in drive.