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Is the auto industry's seemingly endless stream of recalls the new normal?

05/22/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Sedans/Saloons, SUVs, Trucks/Pickups, Hatchbacks, Chevrolet, GM, Car Safety

Massive Ignition Switch Recall Weighs Heavy On GM's Profits

So far in 2014, GM has issued 29 recalls covering approximately 15 million vehicles.

In its latest wave of recall announcements this week, General Motors said it would repair nearly a quarter-million vehicles for safety defects that included worn seat belts, worn shift cables, malfunctioning airbags and hazardous fuse boxes.

That was Tuesday.

Only five days earlier, the company announced five separate recalls that covered problems ranging from malfunctioning headlights to malfunctioning taillights, brake problems and, in one case, a safety defect with its 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, Tahoe and GMC Sierra is so severe that owners have been advised to have their trucks flat-bedded to dealerships for repairs.

And there's a new recall today, with GM calling in 218,000 examples of its 2004-2008 Chevy Aveo subcompact over daytime running lamp-related fires.

This may be the new normal - and not just for GM. Since an investigation revealed GM had known about an ignition-switch defect that killed 13 people for more than a decade, the company has gone on a spring cleaning of sorts, announcing frequent recalls for a wide range of safety defects. So far in 2014, General Motors has issued 29 recalls that require repairs of approximately 15 million vehicles.

GM is not alone. So far this year, automotive manufacturers have issued recalls for at least 22.4 million vehicles. That's the largest total through five months of the year since 2004, according to Bloomberg.

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