General Motors announced three more recalls on Friday -- on top of the stop-sale order and then recall of the Chevy Cruze late Thursday.
Earlier this week GM stopped the sale of 2013 and 2014 Cruze sedans while it tracked down which ones got a potentially faulty driver-side airbag inflator that could explode and send metal bits flying -- then last night recalled 29,019 of them in the U.S. and 4,066 in Canada.
On Friday GM announced three more recalls for a total of more than 450,000 vehicles worldwide. The company now has issued 48 recalls for more than 20 million vehicles this year in the wake of the recall of 2.6 million smalls cars in February and March for a deadly iginition switch defect.
The largest of the three covers 392,459 its latest-generation full-size pickups and SUVs in the U.S., 53,607 in Canada and 20,874 that were exported elsewhere. Affected are four-wheel drive models of the 2014 and 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups, the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and the 2015 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL.
The problem is that the transfer case in the trucks may electronically switch itself into neutral without action by the driver, according to GM. If it happens on the road the wheels lose power. If the truck is stopped or parked and brakes are not applied or the parking brake is off the truck could roll away.
GM says it knows of no related crashes or injuries. Dealers will update the transfer case control module software.
Also recalled for a potentially faulty windshield wiper are 4,794 of the 2013 and 2014 model Chevrolet Caprice police cars and 2014 Chevrolet SS sport sedans in the U.S. The mechanically related performance cars are made by GM's Holden unit in Australia. The problem, says GM, is that a bad wiper module can lead to the wiper motor gear teeth being stripped and the wipers not working. GM knows of no related crashed or injuries. Dealers will inspect and replace the wiper module.
The third recall is to replace the rear shock absorbers in 1,939 U.S. Chevy Corvettes from the 2014 model year that have the FE1 or FE3 suspension. GM says that a possible bad weld in the rear shocks could lead to a fracture and/or could reduce the shocks' service life. Also included are 33 2014 Corvettes in Canada and 82 that were exported. GM says it knows of no related crashes or injuries.