General Motors Announces Four New Recalls

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DETROIT (WWJ) - The recall train at General Motors just keeps on rolling. Four new recalls were announced Friday.

GM is recalling all current generation Chevrolet Camaros because a driver’s knee can bump the key fob and cause the key to inadvertently move out of the “run” position, with a corresponding reduction or loss of power. There are 464,712 Camaros from the 2010-2014 model years included in the recall.

The issue, which may primarily affect drivers sitting close to the steering column, was discovered by GM during internal testing following the ignition switch recall earlier this year.

“Discovering and acting on this issue quickly is an example of the new norm for product safety at GM,” Jeff Boyer, vice president of GM Global Safety, said in a statement.

The Camaro ignition system meets all GM engineering specifications and is unrelated to the ignition system used in Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars included in the ignition switch recall.

GM is aware of three crashes that resulted in four minor injuries that it believes may be attributed to this condition.

Separately, GM also announced two safety recalls and one non-compliance recall involving a total of 65,121 cars in the U.S., all three of which were reported to the NHTSA on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

In all cases, customers will receive letters from GM letting them know when they can bring their vehicles into a dealership, where the recall repairs will be performed free of charge and courtesy transportation would be provided as needed.

The recalls:

– 28,789 Saab 9-3 convertibles from the 2004-2011 model years

An automatic tensioning system cable in the driver’s side front seat belt retractor could break. If the cable were to break, seat belt webbing spooled out by the driver would not retract. The convertibles and sedans were investigated at the same time, but the convertible parts were not identical to the sedan parts. GM has since learned of customer complaints to the NHTSA for the convertibles.

In addition, GM has issued a special coverage, so that if the same repair is required to the passenger side retractor it will be covered for the life of the vehicle. GM also extended the special coverage for passenger side belt retractors on the 2004 Saab 9-3 sedan from the original 10-year coverage to the life of the vehicle, like the convertibles.

GM is unaware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities due to this condition.

– 21,567 Chevrolet Sonic 2012 model year compacts

Cars equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission and a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine are being recalled for a condition in which the transmission turbine shaft may fracture as a result of a supplier quality issue.

If this were to occur in first or second gear, the vehicle could not upshift into third through sixth gears. If the turbine shift fractured while in one of the higher gears, the vehicle would coast until it was moving slow enough to downshift into first or second gear. In both instances, a malfunction indicator lamp may illuminate. If driven in this condition for a long period of time, all forward gears may become inoperable. The engine would continue to run and all power accessories would function.

GM is unaware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities related to this condition.

– 14,765 Buick LaCrosse 2014 model year sedans

A wiring splice in the driver’s door may corrode and break. That may communicate incorrect information to circuits that control the door chime and allow passenger windows, rear windows and the sunroof to function when the vehicle is turned off and the driver is not in the vehicle. In addition, a chime will not sound when the driver’s door is opened if the key is in the ignition.

GM is unaware of any thefts, crashes, injuries or fatalities related to this condition.

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