GM vehicle recalls due to laser welding machine

General Motors today announced six safety recalls covering 717,949 recent model vehicles in the U.S. A total of 124,007 are being recalled due to an issue with one of the company’s laser welding machines.

The faults, the company said in a press release, are due to a loss of power to a laser welding machine according to data collected between July 2013 and January 2014. The vehicles are being recalled to dealers to inspect a possibly incomplete weld on the seat hook bracket assembly.

The 2014 Chevrolet Caprice, 2014 Chevrolet SS, 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado LD and HD, 2013-2014 Cadillac ATS, 2014 Cadillac CTS, 2014 Cadillac ELR; 2013-2014 Buick Encore; and 2014-2015 GMC Sierra LD and HD vehicles. The company has said it is unaware of any injuries as a result of the issue. Less than one per cent of welds are expected to require seat track replacement but that if the weld is found to be insufficient, the dealers will replace the lower seat track at no charge.

‘These recalls signify how we’ve enhanced our approach to safety,’ said Jeff Boyer, GM's vice president, Global Vehicle Safety. ‘We are bringing greater rigor and discipline to our analysis and decision making. If we identify an issue – large or small – that might affect the safety of our customers, we will act decisively.’

The other recalls were caused by other issues with the seat, incorrect or faulty nuts and bolts, and issues with the power steering. On 24 July, the company released its 2014 second quarter report which included an adjusted earnings before interest and tax which included $1.2 billion in recall related costs.

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