Yet another 2.4 million GM vehicles are being recalled in the U.S. as part of a broader effort to resolve outstanding safety issues, the automaker announced Tuesday, bringing to 13.6 million the number of vehicles the company has recalled this year, a new record.
The recalls announced Tuesday include 1.3 million older-model crossovers with defective front seat belts and 1 million sedans with a shift cable that can wear out.
GM is also recalling 1,400 new Cadillac Escalade SUVs with faulty air bags.
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No fatalities related to the defects have been reported, GM says
It expects to take a $400 million charge in the second quarter to repair the vehicles.
GM agreed to a $35 million federal fine last week for delays in reporting a deadly ignition switch defect.
Last Thursday a GM recall was been extended to include an additional 3 million vehicles
– 2.7 million of which are in the U.S. The recall primarily affected older models built prior to the company's 2009 bankruptcy with the bulk of the recall stemming from wiring issues in such models as the 2004-2012 Chevrolet Malibu, the 2004-2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, the 2005-2010 Pontiac G6, and the 2007-2010 Saturn Auras.
Even before Tuesday's additional recalls by GM, the auto industry as a whole was on track to set a single-year record for recalls, having recalled 15.4 million vehicles in a little more than four months, The Associated Press reported, with Toyota, Ford, and Chrysler all announcing sizeable recalls of their own this year. The old single-year record for recalls is 30.8 million vehicles in 2004.
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