Latest GM Recalls Total 181,000 Vehicles
Surprised? Only that it's not more...
Last week we reported on General Motors’ recall of 189,000 regrettably flammable SUVs, then clapped our hands together and said, “Welp, that’s that!” So it is with great surprise that we must now report that, once again, GM is recalling a whole bunch of cars. We’re not angry, GM, we’re just disappointed.
Let’s start small and work our way up: first off, more than 57,000 2014 Chevrolet Impalas made between November 5, 2012, and December 20, 2013, are at risk to lose power steering assist during start up or while driving. The source of the problem is a bad electrical ground connection to the power steering control module, and failure could make steering at low speeds more difficult. Later this month, GM will begin notifying owners and dealers will update the power steering control module software, free of charge.
There is also a slightly bigger problem with 2013-2014 Buick Encore crossovers and Cadillac ATS cars, 2014 Cadillac CTS and ELR models, 2014 Chevrolet Caprice and SS sedans, and 2014-2015 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks, which together account for over 124,000 GM vehicles.
The issue is with an incomplete weld on the seat hook bracket assembly, which could lead to front seats not remaining secured during a crash, which analysts say would make it hurt a lot more. GM, again, should be notifying owners later this month, and dealers are to examine the seat hook bracket assembly weld in question and replace the lower seat track for free, if needed.
If you own any of these affected vehicles, you should probably just be happy that your GM vehicle has made it this long without a recall. You could also contact Buick by calling them at 800-521-7300, Cadillac at 800-458-8006, Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 and GMC at 800-462-8782. More information is also available at www.safecar.gov.
Patrick Grieve was born in Southwestern Ohio and has lived there all of his life, with the exception of a few years spent getting a Creative Writing degree in Southeastern Ohio. He loves to take road trips, sometimes to places as distant as Northeastern or even Northwestern Ohio. Patrick also enjoys old movies, shopping at thrift stores, going to ballgames, writing about those things, and watching Law & Order reruns. He just watches the original series, though, none of the spin-offs. And also only the ones they made before Jerry Orbach died. Season five was really the peak, in his opinion. See more articles by Patrick.