Car Safety

GM Canada recalls 50,000 vehicles

Issues range from badly fastened suspension arms to faulty warnings for burned out bulbs

2014 Chevrolet SS

General Motors of Canada is recalling 49,783 vehicles in five separate recalls to address problems with seat adjusters and brackets, burned-out bulb alerts, loss of steering assist and a badly attached steering component.

In the widest-ranging action, 29,555 vehicles are being recalled to address a problem with the front power height adjustment. A bolt that secures the height adjuster to the seat structure may become loose or fall off,resulting in the seat moving freely up and down. The flaw has been linked to one crash that resulted in three injuries but no fatalities and affects 2011-2012 Chevrolet Camaro, 2010-2012 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain, 2011-2012 Buick Regal and LaCrosse, and 2010-2012 Cadillac SRX.

Regal is also involved in an action to fix a software glitch that may prevent a driver from knowing when a turn signal bulb is burned out. Usually, when a bulb is not working, the driver will get a rapidly flashing arrow in the instrument panel but on some models equipped with twin signal bulbs, the signal may not be relayed to the instrument panel if only one bulb is malfunctioning. The recall affects 6,809 vehicles including 2011-2013 Regals and 2013 Chevrolet Malibus and has not resulted in any complaints of which the company is aware.

11,420 vehicles are being recalled because certain vehicles may have an incomplete weld as a result of a power loss to a laser weld machine. The faulty weld in on the seat hook assembly would necessitate replacement of the lower seat track, so dealers will inspect the potentially affected vehicle to see if the weld is robust enough (GM Canada estimates the less than one percent of the recalled vehicles will need the track replacement).Affected vehicles are the 2014 Chevrolet Caprice, 2014 Chevrolet SS, 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, 2013-2014 Cadillac ATS, 2014 Cadillac CTS, 2014 Cadillac ELR and 2013-2014 Buick Encore.

2014 Chevrolet Impalas are being recalled to address a loss of electric power steering assist as a result of an improper ground connection due to paint seeping in behind the ground nut. Loss of assist will result in visual and audible warnings to the driver and more effort required to steer the car. Dealers will inspect the 1,977 recalled cars, clean off paint, retorque the nut and update the power steering control module.

And the smallest recall involves GM’s smallest car. Just 22 Chevrolet Sparks from model years 2014-2015 are suffering from an improperly fastened lower control arm, which will manifest itself as front suspension noise and may lead to separation of the lower control arm from the steering knuckle.That would mean loss of steering control, which could lead to a crash (though GM is not aware of any).

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