GM issues new recall affecting nearly 84,000 vehicles

Source: William Harmening

General Motors capped a troubled year by recalling nearly 84,000 vehicles in the U.S., the company said, lifting the number of total 2014 recalls to 84.

The latest call for drivers to return flawed cars covers GM's popular fleet of trucks and sport utility vehicles from the 2011 and 2012 model years, as well as vehicles from 2007-2014 that may have been repaired with defective parts.

Potentially affected vehicles include certain Chevrolet Silverado light-duty and heavy-duty pickups as well as Avalanche, Tahoe and Suburban; GMC Sierra light duty and heavy-duty pickups, and Yukon and Yukon XL;Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV and Escalade EXT.

According to the company, there appears to be an issue with the ignition that may force it to get stuck, although no crashes or injuries have been associated with those models.

The remaining two recalls covered 56 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra heavy-duty pickup trucks built between September and October of 2014. A separate order covered 152 of the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, and GMC 1500 pickup trucks over concerns the rear axle shaft may fracture while the vehicle is being driven.

Less than 500 vehicles are expected to be impacted by the new recall, which was first reported by The Detroit News and The Wall Street Journal on Thursday. According to GM, the total number of vehicles affected worldwide are just over 92,000.

While significant, the last recalls of the year are on an order fall smaller than the 2.6 million vehicles GM was forced to recall, after an ignition-switch problem created a legal and public relations firestorm for CEO Mary Barra.

More than 40 deaths were linked to the problem, and the recall was delayed after a decade of internal discussions about the problem.