GM’s recall problems grow

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Friday was a tough day at General Motors.

Late in the day, GM said it had recalled 172,000 Chevrolet Cruzes “to replace a right front axle half shaft that can fracture and separate without warning during normal driving.”

Hours earlier, the automaker said it had told dealers to stop selling those Cruzese but did not disclose what the problem was.

The recall covers some 2013 and 2014 models with the 1.4-liter turbo engine, the most popular version of the compact car.

The Cruze is GM’s best selling car model in the United States, and is also sold internationally.

Even more seriously, General Motors is contending with a damaging recall of millions of other cars because of an ignition switch flaw linked to fatal crashes.

In fact, GM expanded its ignition switch recall on Friday to add 824,000 cars sold in the United States between 2008 and 2011. Until then, that recall had included cars only through model year 2007.

GM also said Friday that it had confirmed that one more death had been caused by the ignition switch problem, meaning it now believes 13 people have died in accidents related to the faulty switch.

GM Chief Executive Mary Barra said the switch recall now covers 2.2 million cars sold in the United States.

In affected vehicles, the ignition can switch the car off while it is running, disabling the power steering and air bags.

Although GM has recalled the vehicles, it has said they are still safe to drive if owners remove any extra weight from key rings. GM has said it will begin the repairs on April 7.

Congress and federal prosecutors are investigating why GM did not recall the cars for a decade after it discovered the problem.

Barra, who has apologized repeatedly for the delays in the recall, is due to testify before Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday.

She explained the expansion of the ignition switch recall in a statement Friday, noting faulty switches could have been installed as a repair after owners purchased one of the newer models

“Trying to locate several thousand switches in a population of 2.2 million vehicles and distributed to thousands of retailers isn’t practical,” Barra said. “Out of an abundance of caution, we are recalling the rest of the model years.”

She added: “We are taking no chances with safety.”

By CNNMoney Staff

CNNMoney’s Chris Isidore, Katie Lobosco and Peter Valdes-Dapena contributed to this report.

 

2 comments

  • ByeByeToTheRite

    GM and most American car companies (with the exception of a FEW Fords – very few) still build junk, just as they have for years. How anybody can buy one of those clunkers is beyond comprehension, and just proves how sorely and sadly uninformed the American public can be.

    Still amazes me how many new Chryslers on the road in this city, even after they dumped us as a manufacturing city. And they’re still junk, too – worst ratings at CU of all, and not getting any better.

    1989 was the last year I bought a new GM car – or ANY American made car – and that’s likely going to stand for the rest of my life. If this helps put any overpaid union American auto workers out of work, my apologies – but I recommend you vent your fury at the MANAGEMENT and OWNERS of your inept company to start building quality instead of cheap junk just to pump up profits. It’s THEIR fault, not mine, you’re out of work.

    The smart money buys Hondas, Nissans, Hyundais, Kias and Subarus. And some of those are built right here in America with American labor. Proving it’s not the average American laborer’s fault American cars are JUNK.

  • Travis Roberts

    GM, I have a question about these 13 deaths associated with the faulty switch. First of all, God bless the families involved.

    This has been bothering me for some time and I can’t seem to find the answer. Did the loss of power engage the steering wheel lock? I do think the switch issue should have be resolved. If the switch did not cause the steering wheel lock to engage, then why did these individuals loose control of their vehicle? I do know that both brakes and steering are power assisted, but they do work without power.

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