General Motors, under intense public pressure over its slow response to an ignition switch defect in its small cars, said that it will recall more than 1.5 million additional vehicles for a trio of unrelated defects — twice as many as the automaker recalled in the United States during all of 2013.
The U.S. recalls affect:
• 303,000 units of the 2009-2014 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans. GM says it will rework the material used in their instrument panels to satisfy U.S. crash standards meant to protect unbelted passengers. GM has stopped delivery of the vans until “the solution has been completed and parts are available.”
• 63,900 units of the 2013-2014 Cadillac XTS full-size luxury sedan. GM says it needs to fix a problem with brake booster corrosion that can lead to overheating. A spokesman said GM knows of two vehicle fires linked to the defect.
• 1.18 million units of the 2008-2013 Buick Enclave, 2008-2013 GMC Acadia, 2009-2013 Chevrolet Traverse and 2008-2010 Saturn Outlook. The wiring harness for the seat-mounted side airbags can get pinched, turning on a warning light in the instrument panel. Ignoring the warning “will eventually result in the non-deployment of the side impact restraints,” including side airbags.
A spokesman said GM does not know of any injuries or deaths related to any of these three vehicle defects.