GM recalls 8.4 million cars, brings 2014 total to almost 29 million

Japan Economic Newswire |

General Motors Co. said Monday it is recalling 8,448,005 vehicles worldwide for six separate safety issues, bringing the total number of cars recalled by the company since the beginning of the year up to 28,968,527.

The majority of the cars recalled today are to fix an "unintended ignition key rotation" defect. Other issues include an engine block heater power cord that can become damaged in very cold conditions and an electrical short that can disable the power locks or windows and may even overheat electronic components in the door.

The Detroit-based automaker said there are seven crashes, eight injuries and three deaths connected with the recalled cars, but "there is no conclusive evidence that the defect condition caused those crashes."

GM said it will take a $1.2 billion charge in the April-June quarter to repair the recalled vehicles.

Since the beginning of the year, GM has carried out 54 recalls in the United States, including a 2.6 million vehicle recall linked to 13 deaths that led to a $35 million fine from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

"We have worked aggressively to identify and address the major outstanding issues that could impact the safety of our customers," GM CEO Mary Barra said in a press release announcing the recall. "If any other issues come to our attention, we will act appropriately and without hesitation."

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