General Motors (GM) announced two new safety recalls on Friday for loose joints and a hood latch problem that together affect more than 524,000 cars and SUVs.
The first recall encompasses 430,550 Cadillac SRX and Saab 9-4X SUVs for possible loose joints and worn threads in the rear toe link assembly, which could cause the toe adjuster link to separate and in turn cause the vehicle to veer off the intended course at highway speeds and potentially crash.
GM said it knows of three crashes and two injuries linked to the rear toe link defect.
The recall affects 2010-2015 model-year Cadillac SRX SUVs and 2011-2012 model-year Saab 9-4X SUVs. Of these vehicles, 290,107 are in the United States and 140,443 are in the Canada, Mexico, and other countries.
The second recall affects 93,834 South Korean-made Chevrolet Spark cars from the 2013 through 2015 model years for a corrosion issue that could cause the secondary hood latch striker become stuck in an open position, which could cause the hood of the car to fly open unexpectedly during driving.
According to document filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), GM’s investigation of the problem found that the hood latch failed a 10-year corrosion test for components in November 2013. By February 2014, GM had determined that the anti-corrosion coating on the latch was deficient, prompting the company to begin using a different coating on the part in July 2014.
GM said it is not aware of crashes, deaths, or injuries related to the latch corrosion issue. According to NHTSA filings, GM knows of 2 incidents in the U.K. and one in Denmark in which the hood of the car flew open while the vehicle was in motion.
Of the recalled cars, 89,294 are in the United States, including about 13,000 that are still at U.S. dealerships and won’t be sold until the problem is corrected. The rest of the Chevy Spark cars are in Canada, Mexico, and other countries.
In both cases, GM will notify customers of the recall by first-class mail with instructions on when to take it to a dealer for a free repair.
These latest recalls bring the total number of GM recalls this year to 71, with nearly 30 million vehicles affected including 2.6 million for a faulty ignition switch that could potentially cut off power to the power steering, anti-lock brakes, and airbag system.