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GM recalls more than 700,000 more vehicles

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General Motors issued six more recalls on Wednesday, which brings the company's total to almost 30 million vehicles this year.

The latest recalls include almost 718,000 cars and trucks.

The largest recall includes more than 414,000 vehicles, including the 2011 to 2013 Chevrolet Camaro model, 2010 to 2012 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain models, 2011 to 2012 Buick Regal and LaCrosse, and 2010 to 2012 Cadillac SRX models.

Those vehicles were recalled for faulty seats. There is a bolt that secures the height adjuster and it may become loose or fall out. If the bolt falls out the seat will move up and down freely. The vehicles are safe to drive, but customers should not use the power height adjuster until dealers replace the bolt, GM said.

There has been one reported crash and three injuries related to this condition.

Another recall includes about 124,000 vehicles for incomplete welds on seat brackets. These vehicles include the 2014 Chevrolet Caprice, 2014 Chevrolet SS, 2014 to 2015 Chevrolet Silverado LD and HD, 2013 to 2014 Cadillac ATS, 2014 Cadillac CTS, 2014 Cadillac ELR, 2013 to 2014 Buick Encore, and 2014 to 2015 GMC Sierra LD and HD.

A loss of power to a laser welding machine may have resulted in an incomplete weld, GM said, adding dealers will inspect the weld. If the weld is insufficient, dealers will replace the lower seat track at no charge.

The third recall includes more than 120,000 vehicles. This recall includes the 2011 to 2013 Buick Regal and 2013 Chevrolet Malibus. This recall is related to turn signal failures.

If one bulb on either side burns out, there would be no signal to the driver. Dealers will reprogram the body control module to fix the condition, GM said.

The fourth recall includes 57,000 2014 Chevrolet Impalas. This recall is related to power steering failures.

"On certain vehicles, customers may experience reduced or no power steering assist at start-up or while driving due to a poor electrical ground connection to the Power Steering Control Module. If power steering is lost, a warning message is displayed on the Driver Information Center and a chime sounds. Steering control can be maintained because the vehicle will revert to manual steering mode, but would require greater driver effort particularly at low vehicle speeds. Paint may have seeped behind the nut on the power steering control module ground stud," GM said on its website.

Dealers will fix the power steering control module software at no charge.

The fifth recall includes nearly 2,000 2014 to 2015 Chevrolet Sparks. These vehicles were imported from Korea and assembled with a lower control arm bolt, which was not to GM's specifications.

"The condition could result in noise from the front suspension and separation of the lower control arm from the steering knuckle while driving resulting in loss of steering control. Dealers will inspect the left and right hand lower control arm attaching bolts to assure they are tightened to specification," GM's website said.

The final recall includes 22 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban and GMC Yukon/Yukon Denali vehicles.

"In these vehicles, the roof carriers may have been attached with the wrong retaining nuts, resulting in holes or tears in the roof rail air bags if they deploy. Eight of these vehicles are in dealer stock and will be repaired before being sold," GM's website said.

GM is conducting a company wide safety review as it tries to correct a dysfunctional corporate culture in which safety was a low priority.

GM's spate of recalls comes after trial lawyers discovered that the company knew about a deadly small-car ignition switch problem for more than a decade, yet failed to recall the cars until this year. The company says 13 people have died in crashes linked to the switches in 2.6 million older small cars, but lawmakers and lawyers say the death toll is closer to 100.

The company has set up a fund to compensate victims. The bungled recall has brought investigations from the Justice Department and Congress, as well as a maximum $35 million fine from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for delays in reporting problems to the agency.

Even before Wednesday, GM had passed its old full-year record of 11.8 million vehicles recalled in 2004. The company also pushed the total number of vehicles recalled in the U.S. by all automakers well over the old record of 30.8 million vehicles, also set in 2004. Automakers have recalled more than 33 million vehicles so far this year.

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