New GM recall: 3 million for brakes, lights, wipers

General Motors is recalling 3 million cars and trucks worldwide to fix five different safety problems that have triggered hundreds of complaints and some injuries, but no deaths.

Most of the vehicles -- 2.7 million -- are in the U.S., and include GM's redesigned pickups. Also included: 140,067 new Chevrolet Malibus for brake issues, reported here Wednesday.

GM says it will take a $200 million charge in this quarter for the cost of the recalls.

The recalls:

  • 2,440,591 previous-generation passenger cars for taillamp malfunctions.
  • 477 full-size trucks from the 2014 and 2015 model years for a tie-rod defect that can lead to a crash.
  • 103,158 previous generation Chevrolet Corvettes for loss of low-beam head lamps.
  • 19,225 Cadillac CTS 2013-2014 models for windshield wiper failures.
  • 140,067 Chevrolet Malibus from the 2014 model year for hydraulic brake booster malfunctions.

The taillight problem that is the biggest group in the recall involves 2004-2012 Chevrolet Malibu, 2004-2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, 2005-2010 Pontiac G6 and 2007-2010 Saturn Aura models in the U.S. GM says their brake-lamp wiring harness has to be modified.

GM says the corrosion that causes the brake-light fault also can disable the cruise control, traction control, electronic stability control and panic braking assist feature.

The automaker says it knows of several hundred complaints, 13 crashes and two injuries, but no fatalities as a result of the condition. The company issued a technical service bulletin concerning the problem in 2008 and recalled a small group of 2005 model-year cars in January 2009.

"These announcements are examples of two ways we are putting that into practice," said Jeff Boyer, vice president of GM Global Vehicle Safety. "We have redoubled our efforts to expedite and resolve current reviews in process, and also have identified and analyzed recent vehicle issues which require action."


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