Recall Alert: GM Calls Back 84,000 Vehicles Over Ignition Issues

Jan 02, 2015 01:00 PM EST | Matt Mercuro

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General Motors confirmed three new recalls on Thursday affecting almost 84,000 SUVs and pickup trucks, over ignition system issues.

GM said their ignition systems could have problems that affect engine power and air bag deployment, issues that the automaker dealt with for most of last year, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Ignition issues caused dozens of recalls from the Detroit automaker throughout 2014. After accidents that caused more than 40 deaths, GM recalled more than 2.5 million vehicles.

No crashes or injuries have been linked to the latest recalls, which focus mainly on a potential defect in the electrical system of the GM vehicles.

The issue was found during an internal review following warranty party returns, GM confirmed this week, The Journal reported.

Though approximately 83,572 vehicles were being recalled for the problem, GM said it expects fewer than 500 will be affected by the defect of the ignition lock actuator having an outer diameter that tops specifications.

GM said that the recall covers select Chevrolet Silverado light-duty and heavy-duty pickups, several Avalanche, Tahoe and Suburban; GMC Sierra light duty and heavy-duty pickups, and Yukon and Yukon XL; Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV and Escalade EXT.

The recall covers models form 2011 and 2012, and 2007-2014 vehicles that have been fixed with defective parts.

Additional recalls confirmed on Thursday covers a faulty hose clamp in 56 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD pickup trucks from the 2015 model year.

The third concerns 152 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC 1500 pickup trucks over worries that the rear axle shaft could fracture while vehicles are being driven, according to The Detroit News.

Owners should be aware that the issue could cause the ignition key to get stuck in the "start" position.

If you think anything is up with your vehicle never hesitate to have it checked out by your local dealer even if an official recall notice hasn't been sent out yet. 

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