GM Has Recalled 4.8 Million Vehicles This Year

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March 29 2014 5:48 PM

GM Has Recalled 4.8 Million Vehicles This Year

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General Motors headquarters in the Renaissance Center are seen on January 14, 2014 in Detroit

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The third month of 2014 hasn’t even ended yet, but General Motors has already recalled 4.8 million vehicles—about six times what it recalled in all of last year. The carmaker added 490,000 trucks and 172,000 compact cars to the list of recalls on Saturday morning, notes the New York Times. In the latest list of problems? A loose fitting oil cooler line that could lead to leaks and possibly fires.

The latest recalls come as lawmakers are set to question GM’s CEO, Mary Barra, at hearings next week, when the top item on the agenda will be why the company took so long to recall cars affected by faulty ignition switches that have been linked to 13 deaths, reports the Wall Street Journal. The faulty switch problem alone has led to a recall of 2.59 million small cars, acording to Bloomberg. The company isn’t the only one under scrutiny. It also looks like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration may have dropped the ball. The Associated Press reviewed nine years of letters to the auto safety watchdog and found 164 complaints of Chevrolet Cobalts stalling without warning. Experts say the number alone should have been enough to trigger an investigation.

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