GM issues recall for 89,000 newer vehicles

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DETROIT -- General Motors today issued four safety recalls in the U.S. covering about 89,000 newer car and truck models, adding to its record total of callbacks for the year.

GM is recalling:

• 57,512 model year 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra light duty pickups, 2015 Silverado and Sierra heavy duty pickups, '15 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban SUVs and '15 Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs for a problem with the base radio.

The radio might not emit an audible warning when the key is in the ignition and the driver's door is open. It also might not sound the chime to alert the driver of an unbuckled seatbelt. GM said in a statement that it is unaware of any related injuries and said dealers will reprogram the radio control module.

• 31,520 model year 2012 Buick Verano, Chevy Camaro, Cruze and Sonic cars for a potential problem that could prevent the airbag from deploying.

GM said the cars' "shorting bar" inside the airbag could "occasionally contact" the airbag terminals, causing a warning light to come on and potentially preventing the airbag from deploying in a crash.

GM said it is aware of one crash "with an injury where the relevant diagnostic trouble code was found at the time the vehicle was repaired." It also said it is aware "of other crashes where airbags did not deploy but it is not known if they were related to this condition." The company said it previously conducted two recalls for the same problem, covering 7,116 cars.

• 61 Chevy Spark minicars from the 2013 and 2014 model years and 2013 Buick Encores for a condition that could prevent the passenger airbag from deploying properly. The company said it wasn't aware of any related crashes.

• 33 model year 2014 Chevrolet Corvettes for a short circuit in the sensing and diagnostic module that could disable the front airbags. GM said it doesn't know of any related crashes.

The campaigns increase GM's total for 2014 to 34 recalls covering 13.9 million U.S. vehicles and 15.9 million in North America. The total double counts some vehicles that have been recalled more than once.

GM is in the midst of a rigorous review of potential safety problems in the wake of its recall of 2.6 million Chevy Cobalts, Saturn Ions and other older cars for a defective ignition switch now linked to at least 13 deaths.

On Thursday, GM CEO Mary Barra said that a greater tendency to issue recall will be the “new norm” at GM as the automaker sets out to fix problems that led to its safety crisis.

She said the recent wave of recalls will be "substantially completed” by mid-year. After that she expects GM's future recalls to encompass fewer vehicles, even if the number of recalls overall is greater.

Barra said it’s possible that GM will incur more recall-related charges beyond the $400 million that it had previously said would be taken for the second quarter. It took a $1.3 billion charge in the first quarter, including the cost of the ignition switch recall.

You can reach Mike Colias at mcolias@crain.com.

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