Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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GM announces another huge recall, this one of 2.7 million vehicles

LOS ANGELES — General Motors announced another mammoth recall Thursday, this time for 2.7 million vehicles in the United States, including the Corvette, Malibu sedans, Silverado pickup trucks and millions of older cars.

The bulk of the recall, to fix faulty brake lamp wiring, involves about 2.4 million 2004-12 Chevrolet Malibu, 2004-07 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, 2005-10 Pontiac G6 and 2007-10 Saturn Auras cars.

Corrosion in the wiring could result in brake lamps failing to illuminate when the brakes are applied or brake lamps illuminating when the brakes are not engaged. Additionally, cruise control, traction control, electronic stability control and panic braking assist operation could be disabled.

GM said it was aware of several hundred complaints, 13 crashes and two injuries, but no fatalities as a result of the condition.

An additional 300,000 vehicles were recalled worldwide.

The automaker previously recalled about 2.6 million vehicles in the United States this year because of an ignition switch issue in older cars that has been linked to 13 deaths. The company is under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Department of Justice, which want to know why GM waited more than a decade after it knew of the defect to recall the cars.

Automakers so far this year have recalled about 17 million vehicles in the United States. With more than seven months to go, that figure is on pace to break the industry's recall record of 30.8 million vehicles set in 2004.

Other vehicles called back by GM on Thursday include 103,158 older Chevrolet Corvettes for a headlight problem; 140,067 Chevrolet Malibus from the 2014 model year for a hydraulic brake booster malfunction; 19,225 Cadillac CTS 2013-14 models for windshield wiper failures; and 477 full-size trucks from the 2014 and 2015 model years for a tie-rod defect that can lead to a crash.

"We have redoubled our efforts to expedite and resolve current reviews in process and also have identified and analyzed recent vehicle issues which require action," said Jeff Boyer, vice president of GM Global Vehicle Safety. "These are examples of our focus to surface issues quickly and promptly take necessary actions in the best interest of our customers."

GM said it would take a $200 million charge against second-quarter earnings to cover the cost of the repairs.

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