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GM Caps Week With Three New Recalls


General Motors Co. capped the week by issuing three new recalls covering almost 60,575 vehicles in North America — the biggest for an ignition switch issue on some Pontiac G8 and Chevrolet Caprice police patrol vehicles, reported The Wall Street Journal.

The auto maker has now issued six separate recalls over the past three days and stopped shipping or selling its 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks. The recalls had been submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last month but notices didn’t post until Saturday.

A total of 46,873 model year 2008 through 2009 Pontiac G8 and 2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice police patrol vehicles sedans are included in the first recalls. The ignition switch may slip from the “run” to “accessory” position if the driver’s knee interacts with the ignition key. GM’s Australian unit—known as Holden—discovered the condition during a review of unintended key rotation reports in recalled models in North America.

The Holden unit is developing a replacement fixed-blade key. GM is aware of one crash, no injuries and no fatalities in these vehicles.

The company is also recalling 10,005 model year 2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V and 2006-2007 Cadillac STS-V sedans in the U.S. On certain vehicles, the fuel pump module electrical terminal may overheat, causing melting of the flange material. GM knows of no crashes, injuries or fatalities related to the condition.

Rounding out the group, 304 model year 2014 Chevrolet Sonics were recalled in the over concern a loose electrical connection in the steering column may affect driver air bag performance. If the condition is present and the air bag lamp is illuminated, it may result in the driver frontal air bag deploying only as a single-stage air bag in crashes of a certain severity. GM isn’t aware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities related to this issue.

GM has now issued 74 recalls covering almost 30 million vehicles.

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Chrysler Recalls 350,000 Vehicles on Ignition Switch Issues


Chrysler Group LLC, a unit of Fiat SpA, said it will recall about 350,000 vehicles from the 2008 model year because of a condition that may cause the ignition key to get stuck or inadvertently move, reported Reuters.

In some cases, the ignition switch could upon startup not stop at the “on” position and instead go to “accessory” or “off” positions, which could kill the engine and keep the front air bags from working, the company said.

A more likely occurrence in the affected vehicles, Chrysler said, is that the ignition key may not fully return to the “on” position from “start,” which could keep the windshield wipers and defroster from working. Air bags will continue to work if this situation occurs, the company said.

Chrysler said it knows of no injuries or deaths related to the issue in the recalled vehicles, and knows of one reported “minor” crash.

Affected vehicles are the 2008 model year Dodge Charger and Magnum, Chrysler 300 and Jeep’s Grand Cherokee and Commander.

The recall affects about 292,000 vehicles in the United States, 19,000 in Canada, 5,000 in Mexico and 33,300 outside North America.

It is similar to a previous recall of about 890,000 vehicles produced from January 2007 to June 2010 in which the ignition switch could slip from the “run” position to “accessory” position while driving. This shuts the engine and disables the air bags. No injuries were related to this recall, Chrysler said.

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Feinberg: 19 Deaths Linked to GM’s Deadly Ignition Switch Recall So Far


DETROIT (AP) — The death toll tied to faulty ignition switches in General Motors small cars has risen to 19, according to a compensation expert hired by the company. The number is likely to go higher, reported Michigan Live.

Kenneth Feinberg said Monday that he has determined that 19 wrongful death claims are eligible for payments from GM. General Motors’ estimate of deaths has stood at 13 for months, although the automaker acknowledged the possibility of a higher count.

Feinberg received 125 death claims due to the faulty switches in older-model small cars such as the Chevrolet Cobalt. The rest remain under review or require further documentation, he said in a report issued Monday.

“The public report is simply reporting on those eligible to date,” Feinberg spokeswoman Camille Biros said in an email. “There will certainly be others.”

GM has admitted knowing about the ignition switch problem for more than a decade. Yet it didn’t begin recalling the switches in 2.6 million small cars until earlier this year. The automaker hired Feinberg to compensate victims of crashes caused by the switches, and Feinberg has said GM has not limited the total amount he can pay. Some lawmakers have estimated the death toll is close to 100.

Biros, citing confidentiality agreements, said Feinberg will not identify any of those eligible for payments, nor will he say if the 19 deemed eligible so far include the 13 deaths that GM has documented. GM has not identified the 13 victims. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has not tallied the total number of deaths.

Biros said no claims have been rejected yet, although Feinberg is in the process of turning down a few because they don’t meet the requirements for compensation. Feinberg will issue reports each Monday on how many claims have been granted, she said.

Feinberg also has received 320 claims for compensation due to injuries. Of those, 12 have been deemed eligible for payments so far.

Of the injury claims, 58 were in the most serious category, seeking compensation for injuries resulting in loss of use of limbs, amputation, permanent brain damage or pervasive burns, the Feinberg statement said. Another 262 claims are for less-serious injuries that required hospital stays or outpatient medical treatment within 48 hours of the crash.

The deadline for filing a claim is Dec. 31. Feinberg will follow formulas to determine how much people will get, and they can demonstrate circumstances to him that would bring more money. Claimants can wait until he comes up with an amount before deciding whether to sue GM or take the money.

GM has estimated the cost of compensating victims at $400 million, but says it could rise to $600 million.

The faulty ignition switches can slip out of the “run” position into “accessory” or “off,” cutting off power to the engine. That can knock out power steering or brakes and disable the air bags if there’s a crash.

The ignition switch problem triggered a companywide safety review that has resulted in 29 million GM vehicles being recalled through August.

Despite persistent bad publicity for much of the year, GM’s sales haven’t been significantly harmed by the spate of recalls. GM’s U.S. sales are up 2.8 percent through August. U.S. auto sales overall have risen 5.1 percent during the same time.

GM dealers have been able to convert customers who come in for recall repairs into new-car buyers when they see renovated dealerships and the company’s new vehicles, GM North American President Alan Batey said Monday in an interview. Many customers are first-time GM buyers, having bought used cars in the past, he said.

General Motors shares rose 43 cents to $33.70 per share in afternoon trading.

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Ford Recalls Multiple Vehicles and GM Halts Some Corvette Sales


Ford Motor Co. is recalling about 74,000 older model Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner crossover vehicles because the electronic hybrid system may overheat, according to a filing with U.S. regulators on Friday, reported NBCNews.

Escapes from model years 2005 to 2008 and Mariners from 2006 to 2008 are affected by the recall. Ford also is recalling nearly 400 Ford Focus sedans from the 2014 model year and Lincoln MKC crossovers from the 2015 model year for potential problems with a fuel delivery module filter. And it is recalling about 1,700 of its biggest pickup trucks, the Ford F-650 and F-750 with diesel engines from the 2014 model year, because of possible problems with seals on fuel filters.

Meanwhile, auto dealers were told to stop selling the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette and shipments were delayed from the General Motors plant that makes the hot-selling sports car while the company addresses two issues, GM said Friday. About 800 Corvettes at dealer lots may have been built with only one of the two rear parking-brake cables in place and engaged. Also, about 2,000 Corvettes would be held at the GM plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky, because a suspect part may have been used to attach the air bag to the steering wheel, GM said.

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NHTSA Offers Drivers Online Recall Check


The U.S. government is offering a free online service for drivers to find out if their vehicles have been recalled but not repaired, reported The Detroit News.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the service started Wednesday on its website, www.safercar.gov.

Drivers can key in their vehicle identification number to get the results. The number can be found on the dashboard near the windshield or on the driver’s door post near the latch.

Also starting Wednesday, automakers must keep the same data on their own websites, and they have to update it at least once per week.

The safety agency’s site will show data if there’s an open recall, or it will tell drivers there are none.

The agency also said used-car buyers also can check for unrepaired vehicles before they make a purchase.

NHTSA said millions of vehicles are recalled every year, yet about one-third of them are not repaired. That can be dangerous for used-car buyers.

Also, many people move, and automakers often have a difficult time finding them to notify them of recalls.

Without the search feature, car owners who hear or read about recalls of their make and model had no way of finding out if their car was covered, said Carroll Lachnit, consumer advice editor at the Edmunds.com auto information site.

“It is a huge step forward,” said Lachnit.

U.S. automakers have recalled more than 40 million vehicles so far this year, breaking the previous annual record of 30.8 million set in 2004. About 29 million of those are General Motors vehicles as the company undergoes a sweeping safety review. The review began when GM revealed that it knew about a deadly small-car ignition switch problem for more than a decade, yet it didn’t issue any recalls until this year.

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GM Expands Website for Owners of Recalled Vehicles


General Motors Co’s website for owners of its vehicles recalled for faulty ignition switches has been expanded to include all 20 models involved, the automaker said, reported Reuters.

The site launched in April initially informed owners of the 2.59 million mostly small cars, including the Chevrolet Cobalt and the Saturn Ion, that had ignition switches that could turn the engine off, disabling air bags.

The recalls of cars with defective ignition switches have been linked to at least 13 deaths. GM has been criticized by safety advocates and fined by U.S. safety regulators for not acting until years after some of its engineers knew of the problems.

The website – gmignitionupdate.com – has information for approximately 15 million owners of the 20 models recalled for a potential ignition switch defect, GM said on Saturday.

Some of the models now on the expanded website are Chevrolet Malibu and Impala sedans and four Cadillac models.

GM said it also mailed about 1.9 million letters from Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra to owners of the initial set of 2.59 million owners, urging them to bring their cars in for repairs.

More than 1 million letters went to owners who had not responded by ordering parts via the website or from dealers, and another 875,000 went to owners who ordered parts but had not brought their cars to dealers for repairs, said GM spokesman Alan Adler.

By the weekend, GM said it had repaired about 800,000 of the 2.59 million vehicles in the initial set of recalls.

Adler said GM did not plan to expand the recall information website to include every recall or all recalled vehicles, primarily because they do not fit into a larger category as do the vehicles recalled for ignition switch issues.

Adler said the updated website and the letters were an effort to get vehicles with defective ignition switches fixed.

He said, on average, 80 percent of owners of GM vehicles get them fixed within a year after a recall is announced, and 85 percent after two years.

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