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GM Recalls 269K More Vehicles

August 08, 2014

Photo of 2015 Chevrolet Impala courtesy of General Motors.
Photo of 2015 Chevrolet Impala courtesy of General Motors.

General Motors announced five new safety recalls, affecting such popular fleet models as the Chevrolet Impala and Buick Encore.

One of the recalls involves 48,059 2013 model-year Buick Encore and Cadillac ATS sedans in the U.S. In some of these vehicles, the front outboard lap belt pretensioner cables will retract upon deployment to pull in the seat belt webbing. But they may not lock, allowing the cable and the retracted webbing to return to their original length under occupant loading. As a result, there may be potential for greater occupant movement in certain accidents, GM said.

Dealers will replace both front outboard lap belt pretensioners.

GM said it isn’t aware of any crashes or injuries linked to this issue, which was discovered during frontal crash testing. A stop-sale is in effect for unsold vehicles at dealerships until repairs are completed.

Another recall involves 14,940 2014-2015 MY Chevrolet Impala sedans in the U.S. On some LT and LTZ models equipped with a front-console storage compartment, the inertia latch on the compartment door may not engage during a rear collision and the front console compartment door may open.

Dealers will replace the compartment door inertia latch.

Because this problem doesn’t comply with federal standards, GM has ordered dealers to hold unsold vehicles until the repair can be made. GM said it knows of no crashes or injuries related to this condition.

A third recall covers 1,968 2009-2010 MY Chevrolet Aveo and 2009 MY Pontiac G3 vehicles for a brake fluid issue that could lead to longer brake pedal travel and/or reduced braking performance.

GM said it knows of no crashes or injuries associated with the condition.

A fourth recall involves 1,919 2014 model-year Chevrolet Spark vehicles for left and right lower control arm attaching bolts that may not be tightened to specification. GM has informed owners to have their vehicles transported to Chevrolet dealerships so technicians can make sure the attaching bolts are properly tightened. GM said it knows of no crashes or injuries related to this issue.

The largest of the five recalls affects 202,115 2002-2004 model-year Saturn VUEs. The ignition key can possibly be removed when the vehicle is not in the “off” position. GM said it is aware of two crashes and one injury that might be related to the issue.

Dealers will make an inspection and, if necessary, replace the ignition cylinder and key set at no charge to customers. Until the repair is completed, drivers need to make certain the car is in the “park” position before exiting the vehicle, GM said.

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