General Motors Recalls Cadillacs and Saabs Over Dangerous Defects
Two more vehicle recalls have been announced by General Motors topping off a miserable year for the giant car manufacturer which has now made 71 recalls in 2014 affecting almost 30 million vehicles in North America.
GM announced the recall of more than 430,000 Cadillac SRX and Saab 9-4X SUVs, mainly in North America. Associated Press reported GM said some rear suspension nuts may not have been tightened properly. The flaw could cause the toe link adjuster to separate from the suspension, possibly causing a crash.
The recall affects SRXs from the 2011 through 2015 model years as well as Saabs from the 2011 and 2012 model years. GM says the problem has caused three crashes and two injuries.
Dealers will look at the SUVs and install a new assembly if it is required. Unsold SRXs are being checked to make sure the nuts are tightened properly, stated the report. The second recall concerns 94,000 Chevrolet Spark mini-cars from 2013 to 2015 which were sold in the US and Canada. “Rust can cause a secondary hood latch to stick, and the hood can open unexpectedly, blocking the driver’s vision and causing a crash,” AP reported. However, GM says it knows of no crashes or injuries from the problem.
The report said dealers will replace the latch when parts are available. GM has told them not to sell about 13,000 cars on their lots until the repairs are made.
Car manufacturers have made a series of eye-catching recalls in 2014. GM made headlines with a recall nearly 2.6 million older Cobalts, Saturn Ions and other cars for the faulty ignition switches. The defect caused cars to stall and was recently linked to as many as 23 deaths and numerous injuries.
Recently, a Texas attorney who represents dozens of families who say they were injured or lost loved ones due to the defect, said two clients had agreed to take payments from the GM compensation fund.
The New York Times reported 39 claims have been determined to be eligible for payments from GM. As of the end of September, the program had received 867 claims, including 153 for deaths, stated GM.
Here are some of the cars that have been recalled in 2014:
- Nissan recalled one million Sentra and Altima sedans;
- Honda recalled 900,000 Odyssey minivans;
- Chrysler recalled 349,442 vehicles due to ignition switches that can either become stuck or move without warning. Affected models included Dodge Chargers and Magnums;
- Toyota recalled 790,000 Tacoma pickup trucks from the 2005-11 model years worldwide, amid concerns that the real suspension could break.
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