Earlier this month GM issued a massive recall in the United States and Canada. This recall affects 2.7 million cars in the U.S. and Canada.
Jeff Boyer, the vice president of GM Global Vehicle Safety, stated, “Customer safety is at the heart of how GM designs and produces vehicles, and these announcements are examples of two ways we are putting that into practice.
There are five problems that have been identified.
The first recall is for a faulty brake light wiring harness. This affects 2004-2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, 2005-2010 Pontiac G6 and 2007-2010 Saturn Auras. Corrosion could develop in the harness interfering with brake light function as well as cruise control, traction control, electronic stability control and panic braking assist operation.
The second recall is for loss of low beam headlight function. This affects 2005-2007 Chevrolet Corvettes. Interestingly 2008- 2013 models are affected also, however these will be repaired under a Customer Satisfaction Program.
The problem is intermittent, caused by expansion and contraction as the electrical center housing warms and cools. When warm the housing presses against the low beam relay control circuit wire bending it. As it cools the pressure releases. Eventually the wire splits and separates resulting in the intermittent problem.
The third recall is for a faulty electronic brake control module that can result in a loss of hydraulic boost requiring the driver to push harder on the pedal to stop. The affected vehicles are 2014 Chevrolet Malibu’s with the 2.5L engine and a Start/Stop system.
The repair is a simple reprogramming of the brake control module.
The fourth recall is for a front wiper control module. This affects 2013-2014 Cadillac CTS. When the vehicle is jump started with the wipers switched on and there is ice or snow build up preventing the wiper arms from moving, the system could be rendered inoperable.
This will result in a lack of visibility. The repair is a replacement of the front wiper module.
The fifth recall is for an improperly installed tie-rod connected to the steering gear rack . This affects 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra light duty pickups and 2015 model year Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs.
The tie-rod may not be properly tightened and come loose resulting in total steering loss. GM advises customers to have their vehicle towed in, as there is no warning sign just sudden loss of control. The vehicles will be inspected, and if needed the rods will be torqued to spec or replaced and possible replacement of the steering gear.
Owners will be notified by mail if their vehicle is susceptible.
The estimated cost of these recall repairs could be $200 million. Fear not, recalls are paid for by GM.