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This is the final installment in this week’s safety recall update. General Motors has spent more than their fair share of time in the crosshairs of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) over the last few months. Fortunately, the giant automaker has taken a positive approach to correcting their shortcomings as it pertains to safety recall campaigns. Unfortunately, this new outlook and way of doing business has led to more than a few safety recalls, as well as the inherent costs of such. So far, GM has posted their best sales and earning figures since 2007 but can they hold out in the face of millions of costly vehicle recall repairs? Follow as we bring you all of the latest auto manufacturer news, safety recall updates, and hundreds of thousands of bargains on new and used vehicles.

Remember to check inside of the driver door jamb (on most vehicles) to locate the production date (Month/Year). This information can help you to determine if your vehicle is included in a safety recall campaign.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V446000
General Motors Recall Campaign Number: 14340


Vehicles Affected: Certain 2013 & 2014 Buick Encore and Cadillac ATS, 2014 Cadillac CTS, ELR, Chevrolet Caprice and SS vehicles, and 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Trucks. Approximately 124,007 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: An incomplete weld on the seat hook bracket assembly of the front seats could allow the seats to become dislodged from the floor of the vehicle during a high-stress application, such as a motor vehicle crash.

Concern: If an occupied seat becomes dislodged during a motor vehicle crash, the risk of injury to vehicle passengers could be dramatically increased.

Correction: General Motors will notify owners with specific instructions for having the seat hooks inspected and replaced as necessary, free of charge. This recall is expected to begin in late August 2014. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-458-8006 (Cadillac), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), and 1-800-462-8782 (GMC).

NOTE: Even seat belts won’t help with this one. If I were you, I would have this condition repaired as soon as possible. Meanwhile, drive very carefully.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V450000
General Motors Recall Campaign Number: 14330


Vehicles Affected: Certain 2014 Chevrolet Impala vehicles manufactured November 5, 2012, through December 20, 2013. Approximately 57,242 vehicles are expected for inclusion under the provisions of this recall campaign.

Cause: An insufficient electrical ground connection for the Power Steering Control Module (PSCM) could contribute to a total loss of power steering assistance during engine start up or while driving.

Concern: A loss of power steering assistance could result in the increased demand for driver effort to manipulate the vehicle safely especially at low speeds, placing vehicle occupants and bystanders at a greater degree of risk from a motor vehicle crash.

Correction: General Motors will notify owners with specific instructions for having affected vehicles inspected and repaired, free of charge. This could include removal of excessive paint from PSCM ground stud and an update of the necessary software. This recall is expected to begin in late August 2014 and vehicle owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020.

NOTE: Use caution when operating your affected Impala not to suddenly get caught with no power steering during a challenging driving maneuver.

S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.