General Motors (GM) announced two more recalls last Friday, affecting Cadillac, Saab, and Chevrolet vehicles in North America.
The company reported that the first recall involves the rear suspensions of 430,000 Cadillac SRX SUVs from 2011 through 2015 and Saab 9-4x SUVs from 2011 and 2012. The vehicles' rear suspension nuts may not have been tightened properly, which could lead to a separation and a subsequent crash.
This malfunction has caused three crashes and two injuries so far.
Dealers will examine the SUVs and install new assemblies if necessary. For the Cadillac SRXs still on their lots, dealers will make sure the nuts are tightened correctly before selling.
The other recall concerns the hood latches of 94,000 Chevrolet Spark mini-cars from 2013 through 2015. Rust can loosen the secondary latches, possibly causing the hood to open without warning.
Though GM hasn't been notified of any crashes or injuries from this issue, the hood could block the driver's vision and cause a crash.
GM says the root of this problem was the latch's anti-corrosion coating that didn't meet company standards. They changed the coating at the factory on July 31 and directed dealers to stop selling about 13,000 cars until the problem is resolved. Dealers will replace the latches when parts are available.
Three months ago, GM concluded a series of recalls on nearly 29 million vehicles due to a host of problems, including ignition switches, power steering, and window switches. The ignition switch defects have been tied to at least 23 deaths. GM has issued a total of 71 recalls since January 2014.
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