GM Issues Recall Notice for Millions of Cars Worldwide

On Monday, GM has issued yet another recall that covers another 7 million cars worldwide. These models covered spans from at least 1997. The device that's at fault is the ignition switch which could inadvertently rotate to the accessory position while driving, effectively disabling the air bags.

While GM is addressing the faulty device itself, they are also establishing a victims' compensation fund to compensate for damages incurred from the device. According to Kenneth Feinberg, the new fund manager, GM will pay for anyone who sat in the vehicle that resulted in injury from the switch, as well as any pedestrians and/or people in other cars involved in an accident with such affected vehicles. Kenneth Feinberg had previously managed a compensation fund for the victims of the infamous 9/11 attacks.

The listed vehicles that are impacted by the safety recall are as follows: 1997 to 2005 Chevrolet Malibu, 1998 to 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue, 1999 to 2004 Oldsmobile Alero, 1999 to 2005 Pontiac Grand Am, 2000 to 2005 Chevrolet Impala and Monte Carlo and 2004 to 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix. There is a separate U.S. recall that covers 554,328 additional vehicles that are of the 2003 to 2014 Cadillac CTS and 2004 to 2006 Cadillac SRX. The affected lists might change without notice, however, the most up to date information is announced and available at the GM recall notice site. GM has recommended that the driver only utilize the vehicle's key with nothing else attached in the ignition switch while operating until the driver addresses the recall by having the switch replaced at an authorized GM service center. It is highly recommended that owners of such vehicles check their vehicle's recall status, and if the cars are covered under the recall to have it serviced as soon as possible to reduce the safety risk it poses. Not only is GM issuing recalls for this particular device which covers a wide swath of vehicles worldwide, they are also issuing recalls for other safety related issues that impacts 2005 to 2007 Buick Rainier, Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Isuzu Ascender, Saab 9-7x, 2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL to address electrical shorts in the mentioned vehicle's doors.

A second set are also being recalled for issues relating to the engine block insulation which could become damaged during cold weather; 2011 to 2014 Chevrolet Cruze, 2012 to 2014 Chevrolet Sonic, 2013 to 2014 Chevrolet Trax, Buick Encore and Verano. Yet Another set includes the heavy duty lineup of 2007 to 2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD, GMC Sierra HD which could lead to electrical fires when equipped with an auxiliary battery. Finally, another small set of vehicles are being recalled to address the potential issue of a joint fastener not being tightened properly which includes the following 106 cars from the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro and Impala, Buick Regal and Cadillac XTS lineup.

The reason why GM is issuing such a broad range of safety recalls lately is due to the fact that General Motors is under federal scrutiny. GM does not have a stellar record of handling issues related to the safety of auto parts under a previous leadership. Should there be concern if you have a vehicle that might be having safety issues, please check the General Motors Recall board, which is available online by clicking here. It is urged that owners of any vehicles check their recall status at least once a year.

Written by Brandon Withem