General Motors announced a recall of nearly 1.5 million vehicles at an expected cost of roughly $300 million against the automaker’s first quarter earnings. GM said in a press release today the decision came about after CEO Mary Barra ordered a thorough safety review following an ignition-switch recall last month.
According to CNN Money, the recall announced today primarily concerns an issue affecting the airbags of 1.2 million SUVs:
The biggest of Monday's recalls affects 1.2 million of its popular crossover SUV models that need to have the wiring for their seat-mounted side airbags fixed. The models involved are the 2008-13 Buick Enclave and the GMC Acadia, along with the 2009-13 Chevrolet Traverse and the 2008-2010 Saturn Outlook.
Those vehicles have a warning light that reads "Service Air Bag." If a customer ignores the light it can eventually result in the non-deployment of the air bags and other safety features in case of a side impact collision.
Spokesman Greg Martin told CNN Money the company is not aware of any injuries caused by the airbag problem.
The recall also affects 303,000 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana from the 2009-2014 model years with gross vehicle weight under 10,000 pounds, and 63,900 Cadillac XTS full-size sedan from the 2013 and 2014 model years, according to the company's press release.
The latest recall is another black eye for the automaker, which according to CBS News is under civil and criminal investigation following its ignition-switch recall last month. At least 12 deaths and 34 crashes have been linked to the February recall.