Recalls continue to keep General Motors busy, with the automaker announcing six new actions covering 717,949 recent model vehicles in the U.S.
The largest recall involves 414,333 2011-2012 model year Chevrolet Camaro, 2010-2012 model year Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain, 2011-2012 Buick Regal and LaCrosse, and 2010-2012 Cadillac SRX models in the U.S. equipped with power height adjustable driver or front passenger seat structures.
GM says that in these vehicles “the bolt that secures the height adjuster actuator may become loose or fall out.” If that happens, the seat will move up and down freely because it is no longer attached at the height adjuster.
The automaker says the vehicles are safe to drive, but customers “should not use the power height adjustable feature until dealers can replace the height adjuster bolt.” GM is aware of one crash and three injuries but no fatalities related to this issue.
The second recall covers 124,007 model year 2014 Chevrolet Caprice, 2014 Chevrolet SS, 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado LD and HD, 2013-2014 Cadillac ATS, 2014 Cadillac CTS, 2014 Cadillac ELR, 2013-2014 Buick Encore, and 2014-2015 GMC Sierra LD and HD vehicles. These models may have an incomplete weld on the seat hook bracket assembly. Dealers will inspect the weld and, if necessary, will replace the lower seat track at no charge.
The third action includes 120,426 2011-2013 model year Buick Regal and 2013 model year Chevrolet Malibus equipped with front turn signals that use two bulbs in each front turn signal. If one bulb on either side burns out, there would be no signal to the driver. Dealers will reprogram the body control module to fix the condition.
The fourth recall involves 57,242 2014MY Chevrolet Impalas equipped with belt-drive electric power steering. Customers “may experience reduced or no power steering assist at start-up or while driving due to a poor electrical ground connection to the Power Steering Control Module,” GM explains. However, steering control can be maintained because the vehicle will revert to manual steering mode.
Finally, the last two recalls are much smaller, involving 1,919 2014-2015MY Chevrolet Sparks imported from Korea and 22 Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban and GMC Yukon/Yukon Denali vehicles from the 2015 model year. On the former, the lower control arm may separate from the steering knuckle while driving, while in the latter case the roof carriers may have been attached with the wrong retaining nuts, resulting in holes or tears in the roof rail air bags if they deploy.
By Dan Mihalascu