A little more than a month ago, a seemingly routine recall announcement from the National Highway Traffic Safety administration blew up into perhaps the biggest challenge General Motors has faced since emerging from bankruptcy and certainly the biggest challenge faced to date by recently installed GM CEO Mary Barra. Hoping to stay ahead of criticism about the company's reputation of having a secretive and bureaucratic culture, Barra has made an unusual move of announcing additional recalls unrelated to the ignition switches that affected Chevrolet Cobalt and HHR and Pontiac G5 models.

Included in the updated recall announcement are 303,000 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans from model years 2009-2014 with a gross vehicle weight of under 10,000 pounds. The vans will get new dashboard material to better comply with a federal requirement for unbelted occupant protection. Unsold vehicles are under a stop-delivery order until the issue has been rectified.

GM's full-size Lambda crossovers are subject to a recall for a faulty wiring harness on the side airbags, which could result in non-deployment in the case of an accident. 2008-2013 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook models are affected. Barra hinted that further action will be coming from the company, in terms of its internal processes and potential further recalls. The company is expected to take a charge of $300 million in the first quarter to cover the costs of the recalls.

Source: General Motors