USA: General Motors recalls 1.5 million cars

By just-auto.com editorial team | 5 November 2004

General Motors is recalling nearly 1.5 million vehicles in North America, ranging from 2002 to 2005 models, according to an Associated Press (AP) report.

Spokesman Alan Adler told the news agency that GM reported the recalls - four in all - to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on October 27. GM has recalled 10.47 million vehicles in North America so far this year, more than the 7.8 million for all of 2003, Adler said.

The latest recalls involve 1,496,056 vehicles, including 946,817 sport utility vehicles. The SUVs are the 2002-2004 Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy and Oldsmobile Bravada and the 2004 Buick Rainier, AP said.

Adler reportedly said the tail lamps could malfunction on the vehicles - adding that the company has identified two crashes, one with injury, possibly related to the malfunction.

AP said a second recall involves the 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier and Pontiac Sunfire for tail lamp and turn-signal malfunctions. The total number of vehicles is 339,008.

Adler told AP the malfunction may have caused at least three crashes, none involving injuries.

A third recall involves the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac Grand Am and Oldsmobile Alero. On these vehicles, the accelerator could stick and not return to idle. The number of vehicles involved is 204,317, Adler told AP, noting the company identified the problem through warranty information.

The final recall involves the 2004-2005 Cadillac XLR and the 2005 Chevrolet Corvette for a possible brake-fluid leak discovered in field tests, Adler told the news agency - the number of vehicles in the recall is 5,914.