GM Recalls Hit Lansing Hard

Every vehicle produced at General Motors' Delta Township Plant in the last five years has been recalled -- one of four new recalls announced by GM Tuesday.

More than 1.3 million Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia full-size crossovers from the 2009-2014 model years and Saturn Outlook from the 2009-2010 model years need fixing for seat belt cables that can wear out and separate over time.

Other recalls include:

  • More than 1 million Chevy Malibus from the 2004-2008 model years and Pontiac G6s from the 2005-2008 model years because of a shift cable that could wear out over time.

  • More than 1,400 2015 Cadillac Escalades and Escalade ESVs because of an insufficiently heated plastic weld that could result in partial deployment of the passenger side air bag.

  • More than 50 2015 Chevy Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD full-size pickups
  • No fatalities or injuries have come as a result of the recalls, GM said in a news release.

    Dealers are not allowed to sell new or used cars, or even take them out for test drives.

    It's the 29th safety and non-compliance recall in the U.S. so far this year. GM Media Strategist Alan Adler told News 10 the voluntary recalls are designed to nip problems in the bud, fixing problems before they become problems.

    Customers are GM's priority, Adler said, and the recalls are designed to give drivers more confidence in their vehicles and peace of mind.

    "I mean it makes me worry," said Anthony Jones, who drives a Chevy. "I have a young daughter so I want the best and safest car for my child. Kind of makes me wonder about my own car."

    Jeff Crippen, President of Crippen Cars, is left wondering about sales at his dealership. One of every three of his GM vehicles is under the recall and can't be sold.

    "We're not sure how long it's going to last," he said. "If it lasts a day, that's ok. If it lasts longer than that, it's something we're going to have to figure out as time goes along."

    Crippen was told of the recall Tuesday morning, but wasn't given many details, he said. Crippen and other dealers told News 10 they can't remember a recall like this ever happening, but agree it's for the best.

    "They want to make sure that if they do buy a GM vehicle that it's safe, and you can't blame GM for doing that at this point," Crippen said. "I think GM is surely going to err on the cautious side at this point with what happened earlier on the older modeled vehicles. I think when GM uncovers something, they're going to be the first to come to the public and say we're making a voluntary recall of these vehicles, we want to make sure everything is safe for the public."

    There is no timetable for the recalls, GM's Alan Adler said, though the company is doing its best to get things fixed with as little hassle as possible.

    The stop sales will remain in effect until a so-called "repair procedure" can be put in place. That requires the automaker to know how to fix the problems and figure out what parts are needed and how to get them to dealers.


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