GM recalling 524,000 vehicles in two new recalls
General Motors Co. recently announced that it is recalling more than ½ million vehicles in two new recall campaigns — including 290,000 U.S. SUVs for loose nuts that have been linked to three crashes and two injuries.
1) GM said Friday the recall would include approximately 290,000 Cadillac SRX (MY 2010~2015) and Saab 9-4X (MY 2011~2012) SUVs in the United States to make sure the rear toe link adjuster bolts are properly tightened. GM said the loose nuts could result in the toe adjuster link separating which could lead to a crash. Dealers will inspect for the condition and, if necessary, will install a new link assembly. Unsold vehicles are to be checked for proper torque before being sold. GM is aware of three crashes and two injuries as result of this condition.
2) GM also said it is recalling nearly 90,000 Chevrolet Spark models (MY 2013~2015) in the U.S. because rust can cause the secondary hood latch striker to stick in the open position. If the primary latch is not closed, the hood could open unexpectedly. The affected vehicles, imported from South Korea, were manufactured with a secondary hood latch that may prematurely rust at the latch pivot causing the striker to get stuck out of position and preventing the striker from properly engaging the hood latch. GM told NHTSA in March it learned of three incidents in the United Kingdom of the hoods opening without warning. GM said it had 10 warranty reports of the problem in the United States but is not aware of any crashes or injuries as a result of this condition.
The new recalls means GM has issued approximately 70 separate recalls in 2014, affecting approximately 26.5 million vehicles in the United States and 30 million worldwide.
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