UPDATE 1-GM recalls 524,384 cars and SUVs globally in two actions
(Adds stop-sale on new mid-size pickup trucks)
DETROIT Oct 3 (Reuters) - General Motors Co said on Friday it was recalling 524,384 cars and sport utility vehicles globally in two actions dealing with potential latch problems and loose parts and would stop sales of two new truck models with potential air bag defects.
The latest recalls, which involve Cadillac and Saab SUVs and Chevrolet Spark small cars, bring the number by the No. 1 U.S. automaker to 71 this year, affecting almost 30 million vehicles. The highest profile is the recall of 2.6 million cars with defective ignition switches linked to at least 23 deaths.
GM also said it had told U.S. dealers on Thursday to stop selling the newly introduced 2015 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-sized pickup trucks in advance of a recall to fix a potential air bag defect.
The company said it was 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 resulting from the problem.
Dealers will replace the SUVs' rear toe link assembly as needed. The recall affects SRX SUVs from model years 2010 through 2015 and 9-4X SUVs from 2011 and 2012 model years.
Of the recalled SUVs, 290,107 are in the United States and the rest are vehicles exported to Canada, Mexico and other markets.
HOOD LATCH PROBLEM Continued...