General Motors announced yet another vehicle recall today, marking its 29th in the United States this year. 284,000 older Chevrolets are a potential fire hazard. The Chevy Aveo and Optra cars, model years 2004 to 2008, have “a faulty part in their daytime running lights that could overheat and cause a fire.”
Unlike the ignition switch fault that is lined to at least 13 deaths, GM said that this issue could not be linked to any injuries or deaths, but did not disclose how many reports of the problem it had.
For those keeping a running tally, GM has issued more recalls this year than ever before (and it’s only May). The 29 recalls cover 13.8 million vehicles in the U.S. and 15.8 worldwide. GM says that the increase is the result of new safety standards and issuing recalls at a quicker pace.
According to CNN, “The company estimates it will cost $1.7 billion to repair the cars recalled so far in 2014. That expense essentially erased the profit the company would have reported in the first quarter.”
Last week, the heavily-scrutinized automaker agreed to pay a record $35 million fine, the maximum civil penalty, over the ignition switch defect. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration called it the “single highest civil penalty amount ever paid as a result of a NHTSA investigation of violations stemming from a recall.”
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