UPDATE 5-GM recalls almost 3 mln vehicles, to take charge of up to $200 mln

Thu May 15, 2014 3:02pm EDT
 
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* Five new recalls unrelated to faulty ignition switch

* Most of the affected vehicles were sold in the U.S.

* GM has recalled almost 12.8 mln vehicles around world so far this year

* New recalls cover tail lamp malfunctions, potential faulty brakes (Adds details on board, updates share price)

By Ben Klayman

DETROIT, May 15 (Reuters) - General Motors Co said on Thursday it has issued five more recalls, covering almost 3 million vehicles globally, and is expected to take a charge of up to $200 million.

Still dealing with fallout from the recall of defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths, the No. 1 U.S. automaker said the largest of the latest recalls covers more than 2.7 million cars for tail lamp malfunctions, including the Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac G6 and Saturn Aura cars.

The other four recalls cover Malibu, Chevy Corvette sports cars, Cadillac CTS sedans and full-size trucks and SUVs. Most of the vehicles were sold in the United States.

GM said the new actions were a result of the sharper focus the company has put on safety issues following the recall earlier this year of 2.6 million vehicles for the faulty switch. So far this year, GM has recalled almost 12.8 million vehicles globally, easily topping the 9 million recalled in the previous five years combined.   Continued...