Detroit, MI: Another massive GM Recall has been announced by General Motors Co, this time involving almost 3 million vehicles globally. The recall has been issued to fix five separate safety problems that have allegedly caused injuries and resulted of hundreds of complaints being filed. These recalls are the latest of 24 separate recalls GM has issued so far this year, totally some 12,8 million vehicles worldwide,11,2 million in the US. Additionally, 140,067 new Chevrolet Malibus are included in the recall for brake issues, USA Today reports.
GM reportedly considers the defects serious enough to warrant letters being sent by overnight delivers to vehicle owners, advising them to have the vehicles taken- not driven, into a dealership for inspection and repair if required, according to USA Today.
GM is currently facing investigations by US safety regulators, Congress, the Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and several states for its handling of the now infamous defective ignition switch recall, stemming from a defect which GM engineers first discovered in 2001. The automaker has come under stern criticism for allegedly delaying a recall of the affected vehicles.
The ignition defect has also caused at least 31 crashes. Documents released by GM in early March revealed that the automaker knew about the ignition problem as early as 2001, when the Ion was under development. Four alleged GM recall deaths were in 2004 Ions and five in Cobalts. Consequently, some car crashes are being newly investigated (including one in Canada).