Thursday, May 15, 2014
DETROIT (AP) -- General Motors added five recalls to its growing list Thursday, pushing its total number of recalled vehicles to more than 11 million this year.
The recall involves more than 140,000, 2014 Chevrolet Malibu midsize cars with 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines and stop-start technology that shuts off the engine at red lights.
GM says a software problem in the brake control computer can disable the power brakes. That means drivers would have to push the brakes harder to stop, and stopping distances would increase.
GM's recalls alone have the U.S. auto industry on pace to break the record of 30.8 million recalled vehicles set in 2004.
The recalls brought GM's total number for the year to 18. That includes 2.6 million small cars worldwide for a deadly ignition switch problem.
The company expects to take a $200 million charge this quarter for the added recalls.
(Copyright Associated Press 2014)