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General Motors is recalling 524,384 cars and sport utility vehicles globally in two actions dealing with potential latch and loose part issues, the automaker said on Friday. The recalls raise the No. 1 U.S. automaker's total number of recalls this year to 71, affecting almost 30 million vehicles.
GM said it is recalling 430,550 Cadillac SRX and Saab 9-4X SUVs for possible loose joint and worn threads in the rear toe link assembly that could cause the vehicle to wander at highway speed and if it separates, increasing the risk of a crash. GM said it was aware of three crashes and two injuries as a result of the issue. The recall affects SRX SUVs from model years 2010 through 2015 and 9-4X SUVs from 2011 and 2012 model years. The Detroit company also recalled 93,834 newer Chevrolet Spark cars because corrosion can cause the secondary hood latch striker to stick in the open position, increasing the risk of the hood opening unexpectedly during driving and increasing the risk of a crash. GM said it was not aware of any crashes, injuries or deaths related to this issue, but in documents filed with U.S. safety regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration it cited two cases in the United Kingdom and one in Denmark where the vehicle hood opened while the customer was driving.
The automaker also told dealers to halt shipments of new mid-sized pickup trucks over air bag issues.