GM Recalls Yet Another Half-Million Cars Over Increased Crash Risks

It’s the track on infinite repeat this year, it seems: General Motors has issued a recall of 524,000 vehicles for safety reasons. The two separate recall actions have nothing to do with ignition switches, at least, but both — on Cadillac and Saab SUVs and Chevy Spark cars — are hazards that increase the risk of a dangerous crash.

Reuters reports on the two latest recalls from the carmaker. One affects about 430,000 2010-2015 Cadillac SRX and the 2011-2012 Saab 9-4X SUVs.

On those SUVs, the rear toe link assembly has a loose joint and can develop worn threads that cause the car to “wander at highway speeds” and potentially separate, increasing the risk of a crash. GM has indicated that they are aware of three crashes and two injuries (but no fatalities) that have happened as a result of this issue.

Of course, as we’ve learned this year, there can be a wide gulf between what GM is aware of and what others report.

The other recall is on almost 94,000 2013-2015 Chevrolet Sparks. Those cars have a hood latch defect that increases the risk of the hood just popping itself open while you’re driving the car which, again, increases the risk of a crash.

The two newest recalls bring GM’s total 2014 recalls to a hefty 71, affecting almost 30 million vehicles worldwide. (For comparison, in each of the past five years GM has sold between 2 and 3 million cars in the United States.)

The highest-profile is the ignition switch recall that is confirmed to have killed at least 23 people and that revealed significant problems in the safety oversight process both at GM and with federal regulators.

GM recalls 524,384 cars and SUVs globally in two actions [Reuters]

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