Like a Plague, GM’s Recalls Spread to 8.4M More Vehicles
In what is likely its largest recall cluster so far this year, General Motors (NYSE:GM) has called back 8.4 million more cars in a single swing, 8.2 million of which are being pulled for “unintended ignition key rotation,” as well as the faulty ignition switch recall that kicked off this year’s record-setting campaign pace, as the Detroit-based company has logged recalls for nearly 30 million vehicles in the first six months of this year. About 7.6 million of those cars are in the United States and are spread over six different recall efforts.
That total figure is more cars than the populations of New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Montana, Delaware, South Dakota, Alaska, North Dakota, the District of Columbia, Vermont, and Wyoming combined, Autoblog reports, for a bit of extra emphasis on just how many units so far fall under a recall campaign of one kind or another this year alone.
“We have worked aggressively to identify and address the major outstanding issues that could impact the safety of our customers,” GM Chief Executive Mary Barra said in the company’s statement. “If any other issues come to our attention, we will act appropriately and without hesitation.” General Motors acknowledged that it is aware of seven crashes, eight injuries, and three fatalities caused by vehicles included in the latest effort.
“We undertook what I believe is the most comprehensive safety review in the history of our company because nothing is more important than the safety of our customers,” Barra added. “Our customers deserve more than we delivered in these vehicles. That has hardened my resolve to set a new industry standard for vehicle safety, quality and excellence.”