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GM recalls 1.5 million more vehicles after ignition debacle (+video)

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Fresh off the fiasco that involved millions of recalled cars, passenger fatalities, and an ongoing Justice Department investigation, General Motors is facing another large-scale recall.  Three, actually.

The beleaguered automaker announced three separate recalls Monday affecting nearly 1.5 million vehicles made and sold in the United States. They are unrelated to GM’s earlier recall of 1.37 million vehicles for a faulty ignition switch. According to GM, the latest recalls came out of CEO Mary Barra’s order for a “comprehensive internal safety review” following a series of ignition switch recalls that began in February.

“I asked our team to redouble our efforts on our pending product reviews, bring them forward and resolve them quickly,” Ms. Barra said in a GM press statement announcing the recalls.  “That is what today’s GM is all about.”

In addition, GM said that it will use $300 million of its first quarter earnings to pay for today’s announced recalls, which include:

No timeline for customer notifications and repairs was given, though in the case of the Express and Savana vans GM said that  “Unsold vehicles have been placed on a stop delivery until development of the solution has been completed and parts are available. Customers will be notified at that time. Repairs will be made at no charge to customers.”

Recalls aren’t generally welcome news for a company, but GM’s announcement could be an attempt at damage control, painting the automaker as diligent and highly concerned with customer safety after recent events have suggested the opposite. The earlier ignition switch recall came after GM told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it had been investigating ignition problems for nearly a decade. Over the weekend, a class-action lawsuit on behalf of vehicle owners was filed in Texas seeking $6 billion to $10 billion from GM over the ignition problem. Thirteen deaths and 31 accidents have been linked to that defect, according to the company.

General Motors shares were up slightly in afternoon trading Monday.  

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