General Motors announced yesterday a recall of more than 92,000 additional vehicles over an ignition switch problem responsible for 42 deaths.
The taxpayer bailed-out auto company has already recalled millions of cars on account of the defect, which can switch off a car’s power steering and airbags while it is in motion.
GM is already facing investigations by regulators, US Congress and the Justice Department about why it waited more than 10 years after uncovering the ignition switch problem before issue a recall of vehicles.
The latest recall affects some 83,572 trucks in the United States from the 2011-2012 model year, as well as vehicles from 2007 to 2014 that were repaired with faulty parts.
Including vehicles in Canada and Mexico, the total number of recalls comes to 92,221.
Models affected include the Chevrolet Silverado, Avalanche, Tahoe, and Suburban, as well as the Cadillac Escalade and the GMC Sierra and Yukon.
Fewer than 500 vehicles are expected to have the defect, GM said in a statement, adding that, as of December 10, 2014, the company did not know of any accidents in the named models related to the problem.
The company has a special fund set up for victims of the defect. There are plans to pay $1M per fatality and $300,000 to each surviving spouse and beneficiary.