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5 New GM Recalls Affect 2.7M Vehicles in U.S.

Five new General Motors recalls affecting more than 2.7 million U.S. vehicles has pushed the total number of vehicles recalled by the troubled automaker to 10 million in 2014 alone.

The latest recalls are for a wide range of issues, including faulty brake lights and malfunctioning windshield wipers. The recalls include several GM brands, including Chevrolet, Cadillac, and Saturn.

GM Models Included in Latest Recalls

The makes and models included in the five latest recalls run the spectrum from older models of defunct brands like Saturn to brand new 2014-15 Chevy Silverado pickups. The full list covers:

  • 2004-2012 Chevrolet Malibu, 2004-2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, 2005-2010 Pontiac G6 and 2007-2010 Saturn Aura models for corrosion of a wiring harness that could cause brake light malfunction.

  • 2014 Chevrolet Malibus with 2.5-liter engines for a software issue that could cause hydraulic brake boost failure.

  • 2005-13 Chevrolet Corvettes for a potential low-beam headlamp failure.

  • 2013-14 Cadillac CTS models for windshield wiper failures.

  • 2014-15 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Pickups for a tie-rod failure.

This latest recalls come on the heels of recalls earlier this year of 1.6 million vehicles with faulty ignition switches, 1.18 million midsize SUVs for airbag failure and 1.5 million older vehicles for power steering problems.

The Recall Process

When a defect is discovered in an automobile serious enough to warrant a recall, a manufacturer can either recall the affected vehicles voluntarily or be compelled to by the government. In these latest GM recalls, the vehicles are being recalled voluntarily by GM to fix the defect.

By law, owners of the vehicles included in a recall receive notice by mail. Federal law also mandates that recall repairs be performed free of charge -- or, if the car cannot be repaired, that your car be replaced or your purchase refunded.

However, a recall does not affect your other legal rights including your right to sue for injuries caused by the defect that prompted the recall. Recalls are typically prompted by reports of accidents caused by the manufacturing defect. If you own a recalled a vehicle and have been involved in auto accident or injured as a result of a defective vehicle, a motor vehicle defect lawyer can help explain your options.

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