GM’s day of recalls
Yesterday, GM announced several recalls, covering all of its brands.
The sturdy, reliable truck-based wagon range was hit by a power brake vacuum pump that can fade over time; the company is recalling the 2015-17 Escalade, 2014-2018 Silverado/Sierra, and 2015-2018 Suburban/Tahoe/Yukon. Rather than change out the pump, the company will reprogram the computer to compensate.
More seriously, the 2020 Enclave and Traverse may have cracked frame rails; nearly 4,000 vehicles are affected in North America, and any car with a cracked frame rail will be completely replaced.
On the less-serious side, 2019 Express/Savana vans may have a malfunctioning seatbelt-unfastened light. Roughly 100,000 of the vans will be fixed with a cluster reprogramming.
Finally, roughly 200,000 2018 Chevy Malibus with the 1.5 turbo engine will have their engine computers reprogrammed to avoid stalling or hard starting; the problem was the computer disabling the fuel injectors.
Clark Westfield grew up fixing up and driving past-their-prime American cars, including various GM and Mopar V8s. He has ghostwritten auto news for the last few years, and lives in Farmingdale, New York.