General Motors (GM) announced another slew of safety recalls Thursday encompassing about 2.9 million vehicles globally. Most of the recalled vehicles – about 2.67 million – are in the United States.
The largest of the five new recalls affects about 2.44 million Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac G6, and Saturn Aura cars from the 2004 to 2012 model years. GM says that the brake light wires can potentially corrode on these vehicles, causing the brake lights to quit working.
GM first discovered the problem six years ago but has only issued an advisory to its dealerships and fixed a small number of them under a service campaign. The company says it knows of several hundred complaints about the defect, which has been linked to 13 crashes and two injuries.
Another recall addresses potential low-beam headlamp failure in 111,889 Chevy Corvettes from the model years 2005 to 2013. The carmaker says that the underhood electrical center housing can expand when the engine is hot, causing the headlamp low-beam wires to bend. After repeated bending, the wires can break, leading to low-beam failure.
Other recalls include:
* 140,067 Chevrolet Malibus from the 2014 model year for hydraulic brake booster malfunctions, which can cause drivers to use greater force while braking and require extended stopping distances.
* 19,225 Cadillac CTS 2013-2014 models for windshield wiper failures
* 477 full-size trucks from the 2014 and 2015 model years for defective tie-rods that can lead to a crash
According to the Associated Press, Thursday’s recalls put the carmaker on track to break its previous single-year recall record of nearly 31 million vehicles, set in 2004. GM recalled 2.6 million vehicles in February to fix defective ignition switches that can result in sudden loss of power to the airbags and other key safety systems. The ignition switch defect has been linked to 13 deaths and hundreds of crashes.