1). Vehicles Affected: Nearly 90,000 model-year 2013-15 Chevrolet Spark subcompact hatchbacks manufactured between Jan. 17, 2012, and July 29, 2014.
The Problem: The secondary hood latch may prematurely corrode at the latch pivot, causing the striker to get stuck out of position and preventing it from properly engaging the hood latch. If this happens, and the primary hood latch is not engaged, the hood could unexpectedly open while the car is in motion, increasing the risk of a crash.
The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the striker and latch with a new part that has superior corrosion protection; repairs will be made for free. The automaker has not yet provided a notification schedule.
What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chevrolet at 800-222-1020, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.
2). Vehicles Affected: More than 290,000 model-year 2010-15 Cadillac SRX and 2011-12 Saab 9-4X SUVs.
The Problem: An issue with the suspension system involving loose nuts could result in a loose joint and worn threads that could cause the toe adjuster link to separate, according to The Detroit News. GM is aware of three crashes and two injuries as a result of this condition, the newspaper reported.
The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the SUVs for the condition; if necessary, they will remove the nuts and install a new link assembly. Unsold vehicles are being checked for proper torqueing before being sold, The Detroit News reported. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.
What Owners Should Do: Cadillac owners can call Cadillac at 800-333-4223 and Saab owners can call GM customer service at 800-553-6000 for more info.
3). GM is stopping all shipments and deliveries of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups due to a pending investigation about a faulty airbag sensor.
According to Automotive News, a note was sent to dealerships notifying them that an investigation with the National Highway Safety Administration has been opened regarding an airbag flaw that could cause problems with the normal deployment of the driver-side airbag. The fix is reported to be a simple software patch.
The new Colorados and Canyons went on sale just two weeks ago and fewer than 50 sales have been recorded. The stop-delivery announcement is the first glitch in the introduction of the newest members to the midsize pickup segment. GM CEO Mary Barra has stated that these types of small-volume safety recalls are likely to occur more often as GM’s new recall and review policies catch issues like these earlier in the production process. So far this year GM has ordered 71 safety recalls affecting nearly 30 million vehicles.