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GM’s New Recalls Adds to Company’s Record-Breaking Tally

Chevrolet Silverado
The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado truck. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

June 6 (Bloomberg) -- General Motors Co. issued four new safety recalls, adding to the automaker’s record tally of vehicles this year needing attention for safety defects.

The announcement today covers about 89,000 pickups and cars, including the Chevrolet Silverado and Camaro, and comes one day after GM released an internal report into its handling of a deadly ignition-switch defect that led to a delayed recall this year of 2.59 million small cars.

Detroit-based GM has now recalled about 13.9 million cars in the U.S. so far in 2014. Including Canada and Mexico, the total approaches 15.9 million.

“In all cases, customers will receive letters from GM letting them know when they can bring their vehicles into a dealership,” GM said in a statement on its website today.

Three of the four recalls involve failures in air bags, a focus of regulators with GM and other automakers over the past two years. The ignition-switch defect has been linked to 13 deaths in accidents in which air bags didn’t deploy, and safety advocates have petitioned regulators to investigate 2003-10 Chevrolet Impalas for possible defects.

There also have been U.S. investigations or recalls over air-bag failures involving Nissan Motor Co., Ford Motor Co., Toyota Motor Co., Honda Motor Co., Volvo Cars and Chrysler Group LLC products in the past two years.

Camaro, Silverado

One of the new GM recalls is to fix a potential short-circuit that could prevent air bags from deploying. It covers 31,520 cars from the 2012 model year: the Buick Verano and the Chevrolet Camaro, Cruze and Sonic. GM said this expanded a previous recall that covered 7,116 vehicles.

For 61 2013-14 Chevrolet Spark and 2013 Buick Enclave vehicles, GM will fix an air-bag end cap that could prevent passenger-side units from deploying properly. It’s recalling 33 Chevrolet Corvettes because an internal short-circuit could disable front air bags and seat-belt pretensioners.

The largest U.S. automaker’s Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra are being called back to fix radios that are out of compliance with U.S. safety standards. Audible alarms warning drivers that their doors are open or seat belts are unbuckled may not work.

The pickup truck recall covers 57,512 vehicles for the current model year. GM said it isn’t aware of any crashes or injuries related to the faulty warning systems.

Before today’s announcement, automakers industrywide recalled almost 24.4 million cars and light trucks this year in the U.S., according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jeff Plungis in Washington at jplungis@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Bernard Kohn at bkohn2@bloomberg.net Romaine Bostick

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