DETROIT - General Motors issued six more recalls on Wednesday, bringing its annual total to 60 recalls covering almost 30 million vehicles, which is far beyond the 22 million vehicles recalled by all automakers last year.
The latest recalls cover almost 718,000 cars and trucks. The largest is for faulty seats in just over 414,000 cars and small SUVs. Other problems include incomplete welds on seat brackets, turn signal failures, power steering failures, loose suspension bolts and faulty roof rack bolts.
GM is conducting a company-wide safety review as it tries to correct a dysfunctional corporate culture in which safety was a low priority.
GM's spate of recalls comes after trial lawyers discovered that the company knew about a deadly small-car ignition switch problem for more than a decade, yet failed to recall the cars until this year. The company says 13 people have died in crashes linked to the switches in 2.6 million older small cars, but lawmakers and lawyers say the death toll is closer to 100.
The company has set up a fund to compensate victims. The bungled recall has brought investigations from the Justice Department and Congress, as well as a maximum $35 million fine from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for delays in reporting problems to the agency.
Even before Wednesday, GM had passed its old full-year record of 11.8 million vehicles recalled in 2004. The company also pushed the total number of vehicles recalled in the U.S. by all automakers well over the old record of 30.8 million vehicles, also set in 2004. Automakers have recalled more than 33 million vehicles so far this year.
414,333 vehicles are recalled for faulty seats due to a malfunction with the bolt that secures the height adjuster:
- 2011-2012 Chevrolet Camaro
- 2010-2012 Chevrolet Equinox
- 2010-2012 GMC Terrain
- 2011-2012 Buick Regal
- 2011-2012 Buick LaCrosse
- 2010-2012 Cadillac SRX models with power height adjustable driver or front passenger seat structures.
124,008 vehicles recalled for an incomplete welding job on the seat hook bracket assembly:
- 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
- 2014-2015 GMC Sierra LD and HD
120,426 vehicles recalled for a turn signal failure:
- 2011-2013 Buick Regal
- 2013 Chevrolet Malibu
57,242 vehicles recalled for power steering failure:
- 2014 Chevrolet Impala
1,919 vehicles recalled for loose suspension bolts:
- 2014-2015 Chevrolet Spark
22 vehicles recalled for faulty roof rack bolts:
- 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe
- 2015 Chevrolet Suburban
- 2015 GMC Yukon
- 2015 GMC yukon Denali