GM recalls another 1.5 million vehicles, will take $300 million charge

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General Motors (GM) previously recalled 1.6 million vehicles because of an ignition-switch problem that can cause the engine and important safety features to turn off. At least 12 people reportedly lost their lives because of the faulty switch.

Now, the automaker is recalling an additional 1.5 million models, which include crossovers, full-size vans, SUV’s and luxury sedans because of a problem with the airbags. The additional models involved in the recall include: 2008-2013 Buick Enclave and the GMA Acadia, 2009-2013 Chevrolet Traverse and some models of the 2008-2010 Saturn Outlook. In addition, 303,000 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans made in 2009-2014 were recalled, because they don’t meet “head-impact crash standards”for those who aren’t wearing a seat belt.

GM has already agreed to pay $300 million because of the faulty ignition switch recall, but many are asking why it took so long to issue the recall in the first place, since the issue was identified back in 2001.

CBS News, 3/17/14

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