Tim Higgins and Jeff Plungis
General Motors Co., which has already called back more than 20 million cars in North America for various fixes this year, recalled 8.45 million more today for defects including ignitions and electrical malfunctions.
GM is recalling 8.23 million cars for unintended ignition key rotation, including Chevrolet Malibus from 1997 to 2005 and Cadillac CTS cars from the 2003 to 2014 model years. Among the vehicles recalled today, GM said it’s aware of seven crashes, eight injuries and three fatalities. The fatal crashes occurred in older full-size sedans being recalled for ignition. It isn’t clear whether the faulty ignition caused those crashes GM said.
The biggest U.S. automaker is stepping up the pace of recalls as it faces multiple investigations for its slowness in calling back 2.59 million small cars with ignition issues linked to at least 13 deaths. Since that action began in February, the company has recalled other cars for similar issues, accounting for about 9 million of the fixes.
“We undertook what I believe is the most comprehensive safety review in the history of our company because nothing is more important than the safety of our customers,” said GM Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra. “Our customers deserve more than we delivered in these vehicles. That has hardened my resolve to set a new industry standard for vehicle safety, quality and excellence.”
GM said it expects to take a charge of as much as $1.2 billion for recall-related repairs announced in the second quarter.
Some of the recalled ignition switches were worked on by Ray DeGiorgio, the engineer at the heart of the 2.59 million compact cars called back earlier this year with links to at least 13 people, Alan Adler, a company spokesman, said in a telephone interview. He wouldn’t identify which of the new recalls involved DeGiorgio.