GM issues 5 more recalls covering 269,000 vehicles

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DETROIT -- General Motors today issued five recalls covering about 269,000 U.S. vehicles, from 2013 Cadillac ATS sedans for a seat belt glitch to older-model Saturn Vue crossovers for a problem with the key coming out when the ignition is not turned off.

The recalls bring GM's total for the year to 66 covering 29 million vehicles globally.

The new recalls in the United States:

• 202,115 2002-04 Vues because the key can be removed when the ignition is not in the "off" position, GM said in a statement. The company said it is aware of two crashes and one injury that could be related to the defect.

Dealers will inspect the vehicles and replace the ignition cylinder and key set if necessary, GM said.

• 48,059 2013 ATS sedans and 2013 Buick Encore crossovers for a potential problem with lap belt pretensioner cables that may fail to lock into place, which could cause "increased occupant movement in certain accidents."

GM said it is unaware of any related crashes or injuries. Dealers will replace both front outboard lap belt pretensioners.

• 14,940 2014-15 Chevy Impala LT and LTZ sedans to fix a latch on the console storage bin, which may open during a rear crash. GM said the condition increases the risk of injury to occupants in such an accident, although it knows of no related crashes or injuries.

GM told dealers on Aug. 1 to stop delivery of the affected Impalas until the "inertia" latch on the console is replaced.

• 1,968 2009-10 Chevrolet Aveo and 2009 Pontiac G3 subcompacts for a brake fluid problem "that could lead to longer brake pedal travel, and/or reduced braking performance," GM said.

GM said it issued a customer-satisfaction program in 2012 to fix the condition, but upgraded it to a recall. The company said it is unaware of any related crashes or injuries.

• 1,919 2014 Chevrolet Spark minicars for potentially loose left or right lower control arm attaching bolts.

GM is advising owners to have their cars transported to Chevrolet dealerships for inspection. The company said it is unaware of any related crashes or injuries.

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

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