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GM recalls an additional 664,000 vehicles

by Ben Hsu

Full-size pickups and SUVs and the Chevy Cruze are affected, bringing the total to 4.8 million.

Add another 662,000 more vehicles to GM's list of recalls, the sixth such announcement this month. The vehicles in question this time around consist of 490,000 full-size trucks and SUVs, along with 172,000 Cruze compacts.

The latest batch comes hot on the heels of the announcement Friday of an recalled in the expanding faulty ignition switch case. That particular scenario has earned GM an NHTSA investigation for delaying fixes linked potentially to at least 31 accidents and 12 deaths.

According to , this latest safety notice has nothing do with the ignition switch issue. Instead it addresses a transmission cooler line fitting that could leak transmission fluid onto a hot surface, which may cause a fire. The recall affects 2015 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups, Chevy Tahoe and Suburban and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs.

GM said it is aware of three "incidents” but no injuries. There has been at least one reported case of a the newly launched Yukon catching fire in spectacular fashion , but it is not known at this time whether the transmission cooler line fitting was the culprit.

The announcement also addresses the mysterious sales halt of the Chevy Cruze. Some may have an interconnecting bar on a half shaft that, according to GM, "may not meet GM specification and could fracture and separate.” If that happens while driving, the vehicle could lose power to the wheels. Or it could cause the vehicle to roll away if parked on an incline without the parking brake applied.

The latest round brings the total number of GM vehicles recalled this month to 4.8 million.

Photo by Mark Elias.

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