General Motors Recalls 117,651 Vehicles In N. America

The Detroit-based company has recalled vehicles from all four it its North American brands, affecting 2013-14 model-year trucks, crossovers and sedans. The reason for the recall is increased risk of a crash caused by a potentially faulty chassis-control system.

A notice sent to dealers says General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) has contacted federal regulators to inform them of an imminent recall to replace “contaminated” modules. The fault could lead to an engine stall, an engine that will not start or trailer brake malfunction in relevant vehicles, due to an electrical short.

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“If the vehicle experiences this condition and stalls while in motion, there could be an increased risk of a vehicle crash,” GM informed dealers.

The year of the recall

In a disastrous year, General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) has already had to issue 68 previous recall notices on over 29 million vehicles around the world. Of the 29 million some vehicles are counted twice because they are being recalled for multiple defects.

The models recalled today include:

  • 2013-14 Cadillac CTS sedans, Escalade SUVs and Escalade/ESV SUVs
  • 2013-14 Chevy Suburban and Tahoe SUVs
  • 2013-14 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs
  • 2014 Buick Enclave, Chevy Traverse and GMC Acadia crossovers; Chevy Express and GMC Savana vans; Silverado and Sierra heavy-duty pickups; and Impala sedans.

General Motors informs NHTSA of the fault

General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) announced that they have informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the fault. Spokesman Adam Adler said 97,540 of the total recalled cars were sold within the U.S.; the rest are in Canada, Mexico or were exported.

In a nod to the tragic deaths blamed on previous faults with GM vehicles, Adler added that GM is so far unaware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities related to the defect. The company has speculated that only about 1% of the 117,651 vehicles will need to have a bad control module replaced.

An estimated 4,500 of the vehicles are yet to be sold and will be held in dealerships until replacement parts are available. A list of affected vehicles’ identification numbers has been provided to dealerships.

“We are working with the supplier to obtain the required parts as quickly as possible,” General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) said. “When a sufficient quantity is available, the recall bulletin will be released and dealers can begin repairing vehicles.”