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NEWS: GM is recalling certain 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles
Report Receipt Date: SEP 26, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V464000
Component(s): FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,558

SEPTEMBER 2013 - General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles manufactured August 2, 2013, through August 12, 2013. Due to insufficient welds, the front fuel tank strap bracket may separate from the vehicle. If the front fuel tank strap bracket separates, the increased load may lead to the failure of the other tank support. As a result, the fuel tank may come loose from the vehicle causing a fuel leak. A fuel leak, in the presence of an ignition source, may result in a fire. GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the front fuel tank strap bracket, and repair it as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on November 7, 2013. GM's recall campaign number is 13296. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: GM is recalling certain 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Coupes
Report Receipt Date: SEP 26, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V463000
Component(s): EQUIPMENT
Potential Number of Units Affected: 18,941

SEPTEMBER 2013 - General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Coupes manufactured May 20, 2012, through September 25, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the text of the compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel-only label is not to the specified size and may be less noticeable. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 303 "Fuel System Integrity of Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles." If the air bag warning label detaches from the visor, the driver and front seat passenger may not be warned of the risks of air bag deployment, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a crash. GM will notify owners, and instruct owners how to inspect the visor sticker. As necessary, dealers will replace the sun visor, free of charge. The recall began on October 28, 2013. GM's recall campaign number is 13284. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: GM is recalling certain 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles
Report Receipt Date: SEP 23, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V452000
Component(s): POWER TRAIN
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3,161

SEPTEMBER 2013 - General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles equipped with manual transmissions (MF3/MR5) and manufactured January 24, 2013, through August 1, 2013. On the affected vehicles, the right front half shaft may fracture and separate. If the half shaft fractures and separates while driving, the vehicle would lose power and coast to a stop. If a vehicle with a fractured half shaft is parked without the parking brake applied, the vehicle could move unexpectedly. Either condition increases the risk of a crash. General Motors has notified owners. Dealers will replace the half shaft assembly, free of charge. The safety recall began on October 15, 2013. This is General Motors campaign number 13276. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: GM is recalling certain 2014 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles; HEAT-A/C : WINDSHIELD VISIBILITY
Report Receipt Date: NOV 13, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V567000
Component(s): VISIBILITY
Potential Number of Units Affected: 42,696

NOVEMBER 2013 - General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured June 12, 2013, through November 5, 2013. The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) control in these vehicles may intermittently become inoperable when the vehicle is started, preventing the windshield defroster from working. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 103, "Windshield Defrosting and Defogging Systems." The inability to turn on the windshield defroster may decrease the driver's visibility thereby increasing the risk of a crash. GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the electronic climate control module software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 6, 2013. GM's recall campaign number is 13380. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: General Motors is recalling certain 2013 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles; ELECTRICAL SYSTEM , SEATS
Report Receipt Date: NOV 13, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V566000
Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM , SEATS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 14,909

NOVEMBER 2013 - General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured October 25, 2011, through June 29, 2012 and equipped with the 8-way power adjustable front seat feature. The wiring harness for the power seat may contact the seat frame which may chafe the harness. If the harness is chaffed enough to expose the wires, a short circuit could occur, resulting unintended movement of the seat, the seat to become inoperative, sparking under the seat, flickering lights, smoke, or possibly a fire. GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the wire harness and repair and secure it as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early December 2013. GM's recall campaign number is 13342. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: General Motors is recalling 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups; Seats
Yahoo News @ October 14, 2013

OCTOBER 2013 - General Motors is recalling nearly 22,000 full-size pickup trucks in North America to fix problems with the seats.

The recall affects Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups from the 2014 model year that were sold in Canada, the U.S.and Mexico.

The trucks have manual front reclining seat backs.

Safety regulators say the seats could move in a rear-end crash, and the headrests may not protect passengers as designed.

GM says it doesn't know of any crashes or injuries caused by the problem.

Dealers will inspect the seat backs and adjust them if needed.

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NEWS: General Motors is recalling 1,658 Chevrolet Sonic cars; Fuel Tank
Yahoo News @ October 9, 2013

OCTOBER 2013 - General Motors Co is recalling 1,658 Chevrolet Sonic cars, as potentially faulty strap welds could cause the fuel tank to separate from the car.

The recall of 2013 and 2014 model-year cars affects 1,558 cars in the United States and 100 in Canada, most of which are still on dealer lots, GM said. The No. 1 U.S. automaker said it knows of no accidents, fires or injuries related to the issue.

If the strap bracket separated, the fuel tank would rest on the exhaust pipe or plastic fuel tank shield, possibly leading to a rattling or scraping noise, GM said. If the shield and fuel filler neck did not support the tank, it could separate from the car, GM said.

If the fuel tank were punctured and there were a source of ignition, a fire could occur, said GM, which discovered the issue at its Orion, Michigan, assembly plant.

The inspection of the bracket straps and any necessary repairs will be free, GM said.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is not posting on its website recalls submitted by automakers due to the government shutdown

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NEWS: General Motors is recalling certain 2011-2012 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles
Report Receipt Date: AUG 15, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V360000 
Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 292,879 

AUGUST 2013 - General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles equipped with 1.4L DOHC gasoline turbo engines and 6T40 front wheel drive automatic transmissions and equipped with an electric vacuum pump to provide supplemental vacuum for brake assist, when needed. In the affected vehicles, the pump may not activate, resulting in an intermittent reduction or loss of brake assist. A loss of braking assistance will require extra pedal force and/or distance to bring the vehicle to a stop, increasing the risk of a crash. General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will replace a microswitch in the power brake vacuum pipe assembly, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. GM's recall number is 12213. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: General Motors is recalling certain 2014 Chevrolet Suburban, 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe, 2014 GMC Yukon vehicles
Report Receipt Date: AUG 06, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V342000 
Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 10 

AUGUST 2013 - General Motors is recalling certain model year 2014 Chevrolet Suburban vehicles manufactured July 9, 2013, through July 22, 2013; and 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe vehicles manufactured July 16, 2013, through July 23, 2013; and model year 2014 GMC Yukon vehicles manufactured July 13, 2013, through July 18, 2013; and model year 2014 GMC Yukon XL vehicles manufactured on July 22, 2013. The rear brake caliper bolts may not be fully tightened. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 135, "Light Vehicle Brake Systems." Loose caliper bolts may cause reduced braking performance and result in lengthened stopping distances, increasing the risk of a crash. GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the bolts on both rear brake caliper brackets. Any bolts found loose will be replaced and tightened. This service will be performed, at no charge. GM's recall number is 13247. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: General Motors is recalling certain 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and 2014 GMC Sierra trucks
Report Receipt Date: JUL 19, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V315000 
Component(s): AIR BAGS 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 843 

AUGUST 2013 - General Motors is recalling certain model year 2014 Chevrolet Silverado trucks manufactured June 1, 2013, through June 30, 2013; and model year 2014 GMC Sierra trucks manufactured June 4, 2013, through June 30, 2013. Welding on the passenger airbag inflator may fracture when the airbag is deployed, allowing some gas from the air bag inflator to vent behind the instrument panel, instead of into the air bag. As a result the air bag may not fully inflate, increasing the risk of injury. General Motors will notify owners and dealers will replace the passenger air bag module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during August 2013. GM's recall number is 13230. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: General Motors (GM) is recalling certain 2012 Chevrolet Volt vehicles
Report Receipt Date: JUN 27, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V271000 
Component(s): ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL , SERVICE BRAKES 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 4 

JUNE 2013 - General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2012 Chevrolet Volt vehicles manufactured March 1, 2012, through April 17, 2012. Due to a brake pressure modulator valve problem, the vehicles do not relieve brake pressure from the front brakes during an anti-lock brake system (ABS), electronic stability control (ESC), or traction control event. One or both front brakes may lock up and not release. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) No. 126, "Electronic Stability Control Systems"' and No. 135, "Light Vehicle Brake Systems." If the brakes lock up it could cause a loss of steering control and/or a lengthened distance needed to stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will install a new brake pressure modulator valve free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 12, 2013. GM's recall number is 13184. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: GM is recalling certain model year 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL and 2006-2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, SAAB 9-7x, and Isuzu Ascender vehicles
Report Receipt Date: JUN 13, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V248000 
Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM , VISIBILITY 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 193,652  

JUNE 2013 - General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL and 2006-2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, SAAB 9-7x, and Isuzu Ascender vehicles. Fluid may enter the driver's door module, causing corrosion that could result in a short in the circuit board. A short may cause the power door lock and power window switches to function intermittently or become inoperative. The short may also cause overheating, which could melt components of the door module, producing odor, smoke, or a fire. A short in the circuit board could lead to a fire, increasing the risk of personal injury. A fire could occur even while the vehicle is not in use. As a precaution, owners are advised to park outside until the remedy has been made. Owners will be contacted and dealers will test the driver's door module. If the module is functioning properly, a protective coating will be applied. If the module is not functioning properly, it will be replaced. These repairs will be done free of charge. GM will notify Buick, Chevrolet, and GMC owners, Isuzu and Saab will contact their respective owners. The recall is expected to begin July 24, 2013.GM's campaign number is 12180. This recall is an expansion of recall 12V-406. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: General Motors is recalling certain 2013 Cadillac ATS and 2013 Cadillac XTS; and 2014 Chevrolet Impala vehicles.
Report Receipt Date: MAY 24, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V220000 
Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM , EXTERIOR LIGHTING 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,627 

JUNE 2013 -- General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013 Cadillac ATS and model year 2013 Cadillac XTS; and model year 2014 Chevrolet Impala vehicles. On the affected vehicles, the brake lamps may intermittently flash without the brakes being applied and the cruise control may disengage. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, "Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment." If the brake lamps flash when the vehicle is not slowing, a following driver may not adjust vehicle speed when the vehicle is in fact braking, and the brake lamps are illuminating as intended, increasing the risk of a crash. GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the body control module. The recall is expected to begin June 7, 2013. GM's recall number is 13158. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: GM is recalling certain 2011-2013 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana Cargo vans
Report Receipt Date: MAY 15, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V225000 
Component(s): FUEL SYSTEM, OTHER 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,791 

JUNE 2013 -- General Motors LLC (GM) and IMPCO Automotive Division of IMPCO Technologies, Inc. (IMPCO) are recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana Cargo vans that have a compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel system installed as original equipment by IMPCO. The fuel systems, manufactured February 14, 2011, through February 20, 2013, have a fuel shut-off solenoid connector to the CNG tank that may corrode and form a short. A short at the connector may cause overheating, resulting in an increased risk of fire. GM will notify owners and GM dealers/fleets will perform the remedy which will include replacing the solenoid assemblies and fuel pump fuses and adjusting the wiring routing. An owner notification schedule has not yet been provided. GM's number for this recall is 13139. Impco's number for this recall is FA13GM001. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: General Motors is recalling certain 2013 Cadillac SRX vehicles
Report Receipt Date: MAY 16, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V202000 
Component(s): WHEELS 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 18,871

MAY 2013 -- General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013 Cadillac SRX vehicles, manufactured January 31, 2012, through March 18, 2013, and equipped with 18 inch wheels. On the affected vehicles, the wheel lug nuts may loosen. If the lug nuts loosen, they may fall off or cause the wheel studs to fracture. Either condition would allow the wheel to separate from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. GM will notify owners, and dealers will remove and reinstall the wheel nuts by performing a tire rotation, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by June 3, 2013. GM's recall campaign number is 13116. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: GM is recalling 2013 Cadillac SRX crossover vehicles
Yahoo News  @ May 23, 2013

MAY 2013 -- General Motors Co is recalling worldwide more than 27,000 Cadillac crossover vehicles whose wheels could fall off due to potentially loose wheel nuts.

GM said on Wednesday it knows of no crashes or injuries due to the issue and that no wheels have separated from the sport utility vehicles built on car-based platforms.

The recall by the largest U.S. automaker affects certain 2013 Cadillac SRX models equipped with 18-inch wheels.

About 18,871 of the affected vehicles are in the United States, 913 are in Canada, and 7,397 have been exported beyond North America, a GM spokesman said.

GM is asking owners to bring the vehicles into their dealers, where the tires will be rotated and the wheel nuts tightened to specification, at no cost.

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NEWS: General Motors is recalling certain 2012- 2013 Buick LaCrosse and Regal, and 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco vehicles equipped with eAssist.
Report Receipt Date: MAY 06, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V173000 
Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 42,904  

APRIL 2013 --General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2012 and 2013 Buick LaCrosse and Regal, and model year 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco vehicles equipped with eAssist. These vehicles may have a condition in which the Generator Control Module (GCM) may not function properly. This could cause a gradual loss of battery charge and the illumination of the malfunction indicator light. If the vehicle is continued to be driven, the engine may stall and/or the vehicle may not start. In addition, there may be a burning or melting odor, smoke, and possibly a fire in the trunk. GM will notify owners and dealers will test the GCM and replace it, as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provide a notification schedule. GM's recall campaign number is 13136. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: General Motors is recalling certain 2013 Buick Encore vehicles
Report Receipt Date: MAR 28, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V105000 
Component(s): STEERING 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 144 

APRIL 2013 -- General Motors is recalling certain model year 2013 Buick Encore vehicles manufactured between December 9, 2012 and December 28, 2012, and equipped with a heated steering wheel. The steering wheel fastener may not have been properly installed. This could cause the steering wheel to come loose or separate from the steering column. If the steering wheel separates from the steering column while driving, the ability to steer could be lost, increasing the risk of a crash. General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and make any necessary repairs on the steering wheel. These services will be provided at no charge to the customer. The safety recall is expected to begin by April 12, 2013. This is General Motors campaign number 13098. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov

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NEWS: General Motors is recalling certain model year 2011 Chevrolet Express vehicles
Report Receipt Date: MAR 08, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V080000   @  www.Safercar.Gov
Component(s): FUEL SYSTEM, OTHER 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 48 

MARCH 2013 -- General Motors is recalling certain model year 2011 Chevrolet Express vehicles converted by Impco Automotive to run compressed natural gas (CNG), manufactured between November 23, 2010 and December 23, 2010 and equipped with a four tank configuration using a pressure relief device (PRD) and pressure relief vent pipe assembly . In the affected vehicles, the pressure relief vent pipe assembly may have been built incorrectly. If a pressure relief device activates with an improperly assembled vent pipe, compressed natural gas may be vented into the passenger compartment. If an ignition source is present, an explosion or fire may result. Impco Automotive, in cooperation with General Motors will inspect and make any necessary repairs on the pressure relief device and vent pipe assembly. The safety recall is expexted to begin by the end of March 2013. This is General Motors campaign number 13065. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: General Motorsis recalling certain 2013 Buick LaCrosse and 2013 Cadillac SRX vehicles
Report Receipt Date: MAR 15, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V097000  @  www.Safercar.Gov
Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM , POWER TRAIN 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 26,582 

MARCH 2013 -- General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013 Buick LaCrosse vehicles, manufactured between April 25, 2012, through March 6, 2013, and model year 2013 Cadillac SRX vehicles, manufactured between May 29, 2012, through February 18, 2013 for failing to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 102, "Transmission Shift Lever Sequence, Starter Interlock, and Transmission Braking Effect." A software problem may cause the transmission to inadvertently shift to Sport mode removing any transmission-related engine braking effect. If engine braking is unexpectedly removed, it may increase the risk of a vehicle crash. GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the transmission control module free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on March 28, 2013. General Motors' number for this recall is 13053. Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: GM is recalls 27,000 Buicks and Cadillacs in the U.S. to fix a problem with the automatic transmissions
Yahoo News  @ March 14, 2013

MARCH 2013 -- General Motors is recalling nearly 27,000 Buicks and Cadillacs in the U.S. to fix a problem with the automatic transmissions.

The recall affects Buick LaCrosse full-size cars and Cadillac SRX crossover SUVs from the 2013 model year.

The company says a software problem can cause the transmissions to inadvertently shift into sport mode. That can unexpectedly override any slowing effect from the transmission, increasing the risk of a crash.

GM says no crashes or injuries have been reported.

GM will reprogram the transmission at no cost to the owners. The recall is expected to start March 28.

The Buicks were built from April 25, 2012 through March 6, 2013. The Cadillacs were built from May 29, 2012 through Feb. 18, 2013.

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NEWS: Feds could add a million GM midsize cars to recall, 2004-2011 Chevrolet Malibu and the 2007-2009 Saturn Aura
Yahoo News  @ March 14, 2013

MARCH 2013 -- Safety regulators in the U.S. are investigating whether to add more than a million General Motors midsize cars to a recall for brake light problems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it's checking into complaints about the 2004 to 2011 Chevrolet Malibu and the 2007 to 2009 Saturn Aura. The safety agency says the brake lights may not come on when the pedal is pressed, while at other times the lights can illuminate for no reason.

In 2009, GM recalled about 8,000 Pontiac G6 midsize cars from the 2005 model year for the same problem. The government announced in February that it's investigating whether to add 550,000 G6s sold from 2005 to 2009.

Now the agency is investigating 97 complaints from Malibu and Aura owners about the same problems. The two cars share many of the same parts with the G6, but GM spokesmen were unsure Tuesday whether all three cars have the same brake lights.

The Detroit company sold more than 1.5 million Malibus and Auras from 2004 through 2011, according to Ward's AutoInfoBank, but it was unclear how many of them are included in the investigation.

No additional recalls have been issued beyond the 8,000 cars called in for repairs in 2009, although NHTSA says it opened the probe "to determine if the scope of the recall should be expanded or an adjustment in existing remedies is required."

NHTSA says if the brake lights don't illuminate, drivers behind the cars won't be warned, and that could lead to a crash. A GM spokesman said Tuesday the company has no reports of crashes or injuries.

In the 2009 recall, GM traced the problem to corrosion in a wiring connector. Dealers were to fix it by putting a lubricant on the connector to prevent corrosion. The company sent dealers a service bulletin in October of 2010 detailing how to fix similar brake light problems in Malibus and Auras, NHTSA said.

Some of the owners who complained about G6 brake light problems also said the cruise control may not engage or will disengage unintentionally.

Owners who suspect brake light or cruise control problems should take their cars to any Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac or GMC dealer. GM shut down the Pontiac and Saturn brands in 2010 as part of its massive restructuring.

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NEWS: General Motors is recalling certain model year 2013 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 13V024000     @  www.Safercar.Gov

FEBRUARY 2013 -- General Motors is recalling certain model year 2013 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles, manufactured December 6, 2011, through January 15, 2013. One or more rear suspension bolts may not have been tightened to the specified torque. This may lead to sudden changes in vehicle handling. Sudden changes in vehicle handling may increase the risk of a crash. General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and retighten the bolts as necessary, free of charge. Owner notifications have already begun and will be completed shortly. This is General Motors recall number 13008. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. 13V024000 

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NEWS: General Motors is recalling certain 2012 Chevrolet Camaro, Buick Verano, Chevrolet Cruze, and Chevrolet Sonic vehicles
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 13V023000      @  www.Safercar.Gov

FEBRUARY 2013 -- General Motors is recalling certain model year 2012 Chevrolet Camaro, Buick Verano, Chevrolet Cruze, and Chevrolet Sonic vehicles. The driver side frontal air bag has a shorting bar which may intermittently contact the air bag terminals. If the bar and terminals are contacting each other at the time of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal airbag, that airbag will not deploy, increasing the driver's risk of injury. General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering wheel airbag coil, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on February 13, 2013. . This is General Motors recall number 12261 and is an expansion of NHTSA recall 12V-522. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. 13V023000 

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NEWS: GM is recalling certain 2013 Chevrolet Express and 2013 GMC Savana vehicles
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 13V010000  @  www.Safercar.Gov

JANUARY 2013 -- General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013 Chevrolet Express vehicles manufactured November 1, 2012, through December 21, 2012; and model year 2013 GMC Savana vehicles, manufactured November 14, 2012, through November 20, 2012. It may be possible to remove the key from the ignition when the vehicle is running or the transmission is not in the Park position. As such, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 114, "Theft Protection." If the ignition key is removed while the vehicle is still on and/or the vehicle is not in Park, the vehicle may rollaway and the unintended movement of the vehicle may result in a possible crash or injury to pedestrians. GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ignition lock cylinder and the two associated keys. This service will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on January 23, 2013. For more information, General Motors' safety recall number is 12332. Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to www.safercar.gov 13V010000

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NEWS: General Motors recalls Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Avalanche, Express, Silverado, Suburban, and Tahoe, GMC Savana, Sierra, and Yukon vehicles
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 13V001000  @  www.Safercar.Gov

JANUARY 2013 -- General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, and Escalade EXT; Chevrolet Avalanche, Express, Silverado HD, Silverado LD, Suburban, and Tahoe; and GMC Savana, Sierra HD, Sierra LD, Yukon, and Yukon XL vehicles, manufactured between November 7, 2012, through December 18, 2012, for failing to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 102, "Transmission Shift Lever Sequence, Starter Interlock, and Transmission Braking Effect", and FMVSS No. 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention." The vehicles may have been built with a fractured park lock cable or a malformed steering column lock actuator gear in the lock module assembly. As a result, the vehicle may shift from Park with the ignition key removed or the ignition key in the OFF position. The vehicle may also shift out of Park without application of the brake pedal while the key is off. Either of these scenarios may cause the vehicle to roll away after the driver has exited the vehicle, resulting in a possible vehicle crash and/or injury. GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the affected vehicles and replace the steering column as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on January 17, 2013. Chevrolet owners may call 1-800-630-2438. Cadillac owners may call 1-866-982-2339. GMC owners may call 1-866-996-9463. General Motors' number for this recall is 12331. Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to www.safercar.gov .13V001000

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NEWS: General Motors recalls 2010-2012 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon vehicles
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 12V594000  @  www.Safercar.Gov

DECEMBER 2012 -- General Motors is recalling certain model year 2010-2012 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon vehicles manufactured from November 9, 2009, through August 28, 2012, for failing to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 113, "Hood Latch System." The hood may be missing the secondary hood latch. If the primary hood latch is not engaged, the hood could open unexpectedly. During vehicle operation, this could obstruct the view of the driver and increase the risk of a crash. General Motors will notify owners and instruct them to inspect their vehicle for the presence of a secondary hood latch. Dealers will replace the hood on any affected vehicles, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on January 17, 2013. GM's number for this campaign is 12319. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. 12V594000

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NEWS: General Motors is recalling certain 2013 Cadillac XTS vehicles
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 12V525000  @  www.Safercar.Gov

OCTOBER 2012 -- General Motors is recalling certain model year 2013 Cadillac XTS vehicles manufactured from October 12, 2011, through August 30, 2012, for failing to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 202, "Head Restraints." The rear seat head restraints may not lock in the upright position after being folded forward. If the head restraint is at its lowest position and it falls forward, it will not meet the height required by the standard. In the event of a vehicle crash, the lowered head restraint may increase the occupant's risk of neck injury. General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will replace the head restraints, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on November 12, 2012. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-458-8006. This is General Motors' recall number 12258. 12V-525

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NEWS: General Motors is recalling certain 2012 Buick Verano, Chevrolet Cruze, and Chevrolet Sonic vehicles
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 12V522000  @  www.Safercar.Gov

OCTOBER 2012 -- General Motors is recalling certain model year 2012 Buick Verano, Chevrolet Cruze, and Chevrolet Sonic vehicles. The driver side frontal air bag has a shorting bar which may intermittently contact the air bag terminals. If the bar and terminals are contacting each other at the time of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal airbag, that airbag will not deploy, increasing the driver's risk of injury. General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering wheel airbag coil, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-521-7300. This is General Motors recall number 12261. 12V-522

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NEWS:  GM recalling nearly 41,000 cars for potential fuel leaks, fire risks 
DETROIT  NEWS -- September 29, 2012

SEPTEMBER 2012 -- General Motors Co. said Saturday it is recalling nearly 41,000 vehicles sold in some hot weather states because a faulty part could cause fuel leaks and start a fire.

GM said it recalling 40,859 2007-09 model vehicles that have a plastic piece on the fuel pump module that may crack, which could cause a fuel leak.

The vehicles recalled are:

  • 2007 Chevrolet Equinox and Pontiac Torrent vehicles originally sold or now registered in Arizona, California, Nevada and Texas
  • 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5, and Saturn Ion vehicles originally sold or registered in Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada or Texas
  • 008 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 vehicles originally sold or currently registered in Arizona.
  • 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 vehicles originally sold or currently registered in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Nevada, Oklahoma or Texas.

GM said owners of recalled cars may notice a fuel odor while the vehicle is being driven or after it is parked.

If the crack becomes large enough and impedes the flow of fuel to the engine, vehicle performance could be affected and a warning light may illuminate on the instrument cluster.

Fuel also may drip onto the ground and, if an ignition source were present, a fire could occur.,,,,In states that are not part of the recall, GM will offer free repairs of the condition for up to 10 years from the date of production or 120,000 miles for the 2006-09 model year Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5; 2006-07 Saturn Ion; and 2007-09 model year Chevrolet Equinox and Pontiac Torrent.

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SEPTEMBER 2012 --  General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2007 Chevrolet Equinox and Pontiac Torrent vehicles originally sold or currently registered in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Texas; model year 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5, and Saturn ION vehicles originally sold, or currently registered in, Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada, or Texas; model year 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 vehicles originally sold, or currently registered in, Arizona; and model year 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 vehicles originally sold, or currently registered in, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Nevada, Oklahoma, or Texas. Some of these vehicles have a condition in which the plastic supply or return port on the fuel pump module may crack, which could cause a fuel leak. Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire. GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump module, free of c GM's campaign number is 12190. This recall is an expansion of recall 09V-419. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov    12V459000


NEWS:  GM recalling 426,000 Saturn Aura, Chevy Malibu, Pontiac G6 vehicles 
DETROIT  NEWS -- September 21, 2012

SEPTEMBER 2012 -- General Motors Co. is issuing two new recall campaigns, calling back 430,000 vehicles to fix transmission gear shift cables and faulty turn signal bulbs.

The Detroit automaker said Friday it is recalling 426,240 Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn sedans in the United States to repair a condition in which the transmission gear position may not match the gear on the shifter. That could lead to the vehicles rolling when drivers think they are in park.

"The driver would be able to remove the key from the ignition, but the door locks may not unlock automatically and the PARK indicator lamp would not be illuminated. The driver may not be able to restart the vehicle and the vehicle could roll away," GM said.

The recalled vehicles are 2007-10 Chevrolet Malibu, Saturn Aura and Pontiac G6 models, all with four-speed automatic transmissions. GM is aware of four crashes but no injuries because of the condition.

Dealers will add reinforcement to the shift cable end fitting to prevent the end fitting from fracturing.

GM discovered the issue while responding to a related investigation by the National Highway Traffic safety Administration into the 2007-08 Saturn Aura on a related shift cable condition. That investigation remains open.

GM observed elevated shift cable warranty claims on certain GM models with a unique shift cable design produced by a new supplier starting the second half of the 2008 model year.

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SEPTEMBER 2012 --  General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2007-2010 Saturn Aura and model year 2008-2010 Chevrolet Malibu and Pontiac G6 vehicles, equipped with a 4-speed automatic transmission. On these vehicles, the tabs on the transmission shift cable end may fracture and separate. If the tabs were to fracture and separate, the shift lever and the actual position of the transmission gear may not match. The driver would be able to move the shifter to 'PARK' and remove the ignition key, but the transmission gear may not be in 'PARK.' The vehicle may not be able to be restarted and the vehicle could roll away after the driver has exited the vehicle, resulting in a possible crash without prior warning. GM will notify owners, and dealers will install a retainer over the cable end or replace the shift cable as necessary. This service will be performed free of charge. GM has not provided a notification schedule. General Motors safety recall number 12106. Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to www.safercar.gov   12V-460


NEWS:  GM recalling 2013 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles 
DETROIT  NEWS -- September 21, 2012

SEPTEMBER 2012 -- General Motors Co. is recalling 4,716 2013 Chevrolet Sonic subcompacts in the United States because a faulty turn signal bulb may not be indicated to the driver. Federal standards require notification to the driver.

Dealers will reprogram the Body Control Module, which was incorrectly calibrated for Sonics built between May 29 and Aug. 29 this year at the Orion Assembly Plant. The issue was discovered during validation of a future Body Control Module.  GM is unaware of any crashes or injuries related to the condition.

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SEPTEMBER 2012 --  General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles manufactured from May 29, 2012, through August 29, 2012. When a turn signal lamp fails to operate, the Body Control Module (BCM) in these vehicles does not detect this condition and will not indicate the condition to the driver. Thus, These vehicles fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment." If the driver is not aware that the turn signal is not functioning and does not have the light repaired, other drivers may not be alerted that the vehicle is turning, increasing the risk of a crash. GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the BCM and the vehicle's key fobs, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on October 3, 2012.  GM's campaign number is 12209. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov12V-454


NEWS:  GM recalling 2012 Sonics for wiper problems 
DETROIT NEWS -- August 27, 2012

AUGUST 2012 -- General Motors Co said Saturday it is recalling nearly 45,000 2012 Chevrolet Sonic cars to fix faulty windshield wiper reservoirs.

The Detroit automaker said the windshield wiper washer hose on 44,668 Sonic vehicles may separate from the washer fluid reservoir. If this happens, washer fluid will not be available to the windshield. GM said a lack of washer fluid could impede the driver's view, increasing the risk of a crash.  GM dealers will ensure the washer hose is properly connected to the reservoir.

The automaker said it notified dealers on Aug. 14 and will notify owners on Sept. 7. GM said it had an elevated number of warranty reports of separating washer hoses and an investigation found an inappropriate lubricant used in the assembly process was to blame.

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AUGUST 2012 -- General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2012 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles manufactured from May 5, 2011, through February 24, 2012. These vehicles fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 104, "Windshield Wiping and Washing Systems." The windshield wiper washer hose on these vehicles may separate from the washer fluid reservoir. If this occurs, washer fluid will not be available to the windshield. A lack of washer fluid could impede the driver's view, increasing the risk of a crash. GM will notify owners, and dealers will secure the windshield washer hose to prevent separation, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or about, September 7, 2012. GM's recall campaign number is 12176. Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov   12V-408


NEWS:  General Motors recalling midsize SUVs for door lock issues
DETROIT  NEWS -- August 20, 2012

General Motors Co. said Saturday it is recalling 249,260 midsize SUVS in 20 states and the District of Columbia because of side door power door lock failure that could lead to fires. The recall also includes another 9,150 vehicles in Canada and a few thousand exports making the total 260,000 worldwide

GM said fluid can get inside the driver's door module and cause corrosion that could result in a short in the circuit board. That could lead to possible failure of the power door lock and window switches.

GM said in rare instances, the short may cause overheating. That could melt components of the door module and produce odor, smoke and a fire. GM is aware of fires in door modules but none where a fire has extended beyond the vehicle interior. No known crashes or injuries are related to the issue.

In June, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ungraded its investigation of the issue to an engineering analysis. GM had at least 167 reports and 698 warranty claims that related to the alleged problem. NHTSA has received 83 complaints, 66 alleging the door module had melted or burned, and the remaining 17 stating that the window switches acted erratically or were inoperative. Twenty-eight of the reports received have led to driver door fires, some of which allege the vehicle was keyed off and unattended.

The recall covers some 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL; 2006-07 Trailblazer, Envoy, Buick Rainier, Saab 9-7x, and Isuzu Ascender vehicles originally sold or currently registered in "salt belt states" of Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

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AUGUST 2012 -- General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL and 2006-2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, SAAB 9-7x, and Isuzu Ascender vehicles, originally sold or currently registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. Fluid may enter the driver's door module, causing corrosion that could result in a short in the circuit board. A short may cause the power door lock and power window switches to function intermittently or become inoperative. The short may also cause overheating, which could melt components of the door module, producing odor, smoke, or a fire. A short in the circuit board could lead to a fire, increasing the risk of personal injury. The remedy plan is still being finalized. A notification schedule has not been determined yet. Buick, Chevrolet, and GMC owners will be notified by GM. Isuzu owners will be notified by Isuzu Motors. SAAB owners will be notified by SAAB Cars North America GM's campaign number is 12180. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov12V-406


NEWS:  General Motors (GM) is recalling certain 2003-2004 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vehicles

AUGUST 2012 -- General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2003-2004 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vehicles, equipped with a left side cargo door, and originally sold or currently registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. Water and road contaminants may become trapped in the protective conduit that covers the fuel filler pipe and may cause the pipe to corrode. Significant corrosion may allow fuel to leak during refueling, and in the presence of an ignition source; there is an increased risk of fire. GM will notify owners, and dealers will install a new fuel filler neck, free of charge. GM has not provided a notification schedule. GM's campaign number is 12166. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov12V-388

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NEWS:  GM recalls more than 38,000 Impala police cars 
DETROIT  NEWS -- August 12, 2012

AUGUST 2012 -- General Motors is recalling more than 38,000 Chevrolet Impala police cars because a part in the front suspension can fracture and could cause a crash. The company says in government documents that the recall affects police cars from the 2008 through 2012 model years. GM says Impalas sold to the public have different suspension parts and are not affected.

GM says the front lower control arm can fracture. That could cause sudden changes in handling, and the driver may not be able to control the car, particularly at high speeds. Company spokesman says GM doesn't know of any crashes or injuries from the problem. He says parts are available, and police departments should call dealers to schedule repairs. The cars were sold in the U.S. and Canada.

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AUGUST 2012 -- General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2008-2012 Chevrolet Impala police vehicles because the front lower control arms may fracture. This safety recall does not include non-police Chevrolet Impala vehicles. A broken control arm can result in the loss of control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace both front lower control arms, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on August 21, 2012. GM's campaign number is 12104. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.   12V-377


NEWS:  Report: The 7 Most Dangerous Cars on American Roads 
Low scores in rollover and rear-impact in crash testing land these vehicles on the list of most treacherous rides
MSN/Autos.com -- July 10, 2012

JULY 2012 -- Two crossovers, two SUVs, two pickups and the Jeep Wrangler are among the vehicles deemed the most dangerous in America by the business blog 24/7 Wall Street. The website analyzed safety data compiled by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Consumer Reports, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration and J.D. Power.

"The cars with the worst scores most commonly received poor grades in the rollover and rear-impact tests," writes .. 24/7 Wall Street. Those include the Ram 1500, Mazda CX-7 and CX-9, Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab, Suzuki SX4, Nissan Pathfinder and Jeep Wrangler.

Each of these vehicles received poor or marginal ratings by the IIHS in two of the four categories it uses for crash-test evaluation. The four categories are: a head-on crash traveling at 40 mph; a side-impact crash with a 3,300-pound object hitting the vehicle at 31 mph; a rollover test in which a metal plate strikes the corner of the vehicle until it rolls over; and a rear-impact test, which gauges seat and seat belt protection against whiplash. Additionally, five of the seven most dangerous vehicles were low scorers in the J.D. Power overall Initial Quality Study, scoring three or fewer points out of five.

The IIHS's side-impact test results for the Colorado Crew Cab were particularly grim; the vehicle has received a poor rating in this category each year since 2004. The Jeep Wrangler, too, ranked poor for side impact from 2007 to 2012 and ranked marginal, the second-lowest rating, from 1997 to 2006.

As 24/7 Wall Street notes, poor safety ratings don't necessarily translate to poor sales. All seven of the most treacherous models experienced increased sales in the past year. Writes Wall Street Journal, "In all but one case ... sales grew at least 19% last year."

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NEWS:   GM recalls Chevy Captiva for faulty parking brakes
Detroit NEWS -- July 2, 2012

JUNE 2012 --  General Motors Co. said Wednesday it is recalling 2,000 2012 Chevrolet Captiva Sport crossovers over potentially faulty parking brakes.

GM said some vehicles don't meet federal brake performance requirements because the parking brake cable may separate from the connector and fail to operate.

In mid-May the condition was discovered at GM's Ramos Assembly plant in Mexico - and 15 vehicles were found with separated brake cables that hadn't been shipped.

A GM investigation found the problem followed a design change made in April. GM plans to begin the recall July 18 of vehicles built between April 26 and May 17..

GM dealers will inspect the cables to make sure they are secure.  No injuries or crashes were reported by GM. GM has sold 17,921 Captiva Sport CUVs in the first half of the year.

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NEWS:  GM recalls 475,418 Chevy Cruze for engine shield; Fire Risk
YAHOO  NEWS -- June 22,  2012

JUNE 2012 --  General Motors Co is recalling 475,418 of its popular compact Chevrolet Cruze sedans to modify the under-engine shield so flammable liquids are not trapped in the engine compartment, the automaker said on Friday.    The recall covers 2011 and 2012 Cruze sedans that were built at GM's Lordstown, Ohio plant from September 2010 through May 2012.    The recall covers 475,000 vehicles made in the U.S. from September of 2010 through May of 2012. The fires can break out when fluids drip onto a hot plastic shield below the engine. The problem occurs mainly when oil is spilled and not properly cleaned up during changes, General Motors said Friday.  The company knows of 30 fires caused by the problem, but no injuries have been reported, spokesman Alan Adler said. Flames engulfed and destroyed cars in two cases reported to federal safety officials.   READ MORE....

JUNE 2012 --  General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2011 and 2012 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles manufactured from October 2, 2009, through May 31, 2012. Spilled or dripping oil (such as after an oil change) may collect in the engine shield (bellypan) near hot engine or exhaust system surfaces. As a result, the oil and the engine shield may ignite and burn. Either condition could result in an engine compartment fire, possibly causing injury or death. Gm will notify owners, and dealers will modify the engine shield to prevent fluid from contacting the shield. Also, on vehicles with a manual transmission, dealers will apply a protective tape to the electronic power steering wire harness. Repairs will be performed free of charge to the owner. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or about, july 11, 2012. . GM’s campaign number is 12081. Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.Safercar.Gov .  12V-288

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NEWS:  Feds add 2012 model year to Chevy Cruze fire probe
YAHOO  NEWS -- May 24,  2012

MAY 2012 --  U.S. safety officials have added the 2012 model year to an investigation of engine fires in the Chevrolet Cruze compact car.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said last month it was investigating the 2011 Cruze because of two complaints of fires that engulfed and destroyed the cars.

In documents posted on its website this week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asked GM for information about fires in 2011 and 2012 Cruzes. The request, made in April, focused on electrical wiring and connectors, and on a computer module that controls the transmission. NHTSA asked GM for any allegations of overheated wiring or smoke and fire coming from the engine compartment.

The Cruze is a key car for Chevrolet and General Motors because it's a strong entry in a market where GM had weak products in the past. The car, built in Lordstown, Ohio, came out in 2010 as a 2011 model. It was the top-selling compact in the U.S. from May through September last year. So far this year, GM has sold more than 75,000 Cruzes, about the same sales pace as 2011.

Initially the government probe covered about 177,000 Cruzes from the 2011 model year. GM spokesman Alan Adler said the probe now covers about 370,000 cars. GM is cooperating with the investigation, said Adler, who would not comment further because the investigation is in progress.

The Cruze has not been recalled, although NHTSA investigations can lead to recalls.

No one was hurt in the two 2011 Cruze fires that were reported to the government. In addition, the government has received one complaint of a fire in a 2012 Cruze. The driver told NHTSA that on April 29, flames came from the front of the car while it was being driven around 45 miles per hour. Firefighters had to put out the blaze but no one was injured.

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NEWS:  General motors (gm) is recalling certain model year 2013 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles

MAY 2012 --  General motors (gm) is recalling certain model year 2013 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured from October 24, 2011, through march 31, 2012. After an event of hard braking, the sensing and diagnostic module (sdm) may reset itself. If this occurs during an aggressive turning maneuver, and then afterwards a potential vehicle rollover event is sensed, the roof rail airbag may unintentionally deploy. Additionally, the air bags and/or seatbelt pretensioners may not deploy during a severe crash, increasing the risk of personal injury. Gm will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the sdm. This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on June 1, 2012. Gm’s safety recall campaign number is 12102. Customers may contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.Safercar.Gov 12V-224

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NEWS:   GM is recalling certain 2011-2012 Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, and GMC Acadia Vehicles

APRIL 2012 - General motors (gm) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Chevrolet traverse, Buick enclave, and GMC Acadia vehicles currently registered in Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming and the DIstrict of Columbia. Snow or ice buildup on the windshield or on the wiper may restrict the movement of the wiper arm, causing the wiper arm to loosen and cause the wiper to become inoperative. If this occurs, driver visibility could be reduced, increasing the risk of a crash. Gm will notify owners, and dealers will tighten the wiper arm nuts, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or about April 16, 2012. Gm’s safety recall campaign number is 12036. Customers may contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.Safercar.Gov.  12V-151

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NEWS: General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2012 Chevrolet Express and Suburban vehicles, and GMC Savana and Yukon XL heavy duty vehicles

MARCH 2012 -- General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2012 Chevrolet Express and Suburban vehicles, and GMC Savana and Yukon XL heavy duty vehicles. The steering gear pitman shaft may not have been adequately hardened and could fracture. If this condition occurs, a loss of steering could result, increasing the risk of a crash. GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the steering gear and, if necessary, replace the steering gear pitman shaft. This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on April 4, 2012. GM’s safety recall campaign number is 12055. Customers may contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.Safercar.Gov   12V-112

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NEWS:  General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2012 Buick Regal vehicles

MARCH 2012 -- General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2012 Buick Regal vehicles manufactured from February 22, 2011, through February 22, 2012 for failing to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 108 “lamps, reflective devices and associated equipment.” due to a software error, the parking lamps do not activate when either the parking lamps or headlamps are turned on. Inadequate lighting could reduce the visibility of the vehicle, increasing the potential for a crash. General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the body control module free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on March 12, 2012. General Motors recall no. 12048. Customers may contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.Safercar.Gov   12V-093

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