General Motors added fiver new U.S. recalls on Friday to its total for the year, and also announced a separate recall of some Cadillac sedans outside the U.S.
The latest recalls bring GM's U.S. total this year to 66. Worldwide, about 29 million cars and trucks have been affected.
The largest U.S. recall Friday was for 202,115 older Saturn VUE crossover SUVs for an ignition key cylinder problem. The recall will cover 2002 to 2004 VUEs and is because the lock cylinder in the ignition (the part into which the key is inserted) may allow the driver to pull out the key when the ignition is not in the off position and the engine is still running.
The issue already has resulted in the recall of some other older GM vehicles.
Dealers will inspect the lock cylinder and replace if needed. The report said the company has reports of two crashes and one injury possibly related to the problem.
The vehicle and the Saturn brand have been discontinued by GM.
Other GM U.S. recalls announced Friday:
· 48,059 2013 Cadillac ATS four-door sedans and 2013 Buick Encores in the U.S. for a problem with front seat belt pretensioner cables. No reports of crashes or injuries.
· 14,940 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala sedans. The front console storage compartment latch on some models may come open in a rear crash. No reports of crashes or injuries.
· 1,968 2009-2010 Chevrolet Aveo and 2009 Pontiac G3 cars because brake fluid may not protect key components against corrosion, weakening brake response. Begun as a customer satisfaction action in 2012, it is being upgraded to a recall. The 1,968 cars are those remaining that were not fixed under the 2012 program. No reports of crashes or injuries.
· 1,919 2014 Chevrolet Sparks for lower control arm bolts improperly tightened to specification. GM is telling the owners not to drive the cars and to have them towed to a dealer. No reports of crashes or injuries.