An auto worker assembles an SUV chassis at the General Motors auto plant in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, May 13, 2014.
After recalling more than 17 million vehicles so far this year in the United States, General Motors on Monday announced its largest-yet recall of another 7.6 million cars and light trucks spanning 17 years.
“We undertook what I believe is the most comprehensive safety review in the history of our company because nothing is more important than the safety of our customers,” said GM CEO Mary Barra in a statement from the company. “Our customers deserve more than we delivered in these vehicles. That has hardened my resolve to set a new industry standard for vehicle safety, quality and excellence.”
The company added that among the recalled vehicles GM is "aware" of seven crashes, eight injuries and three fatalities. The fatal crashes occurred in vehicles from the 1997 to 2014 model years. There is no conclusive evidence that the defect condition caused those crashes.
The recalls are primarily related to "unintended key rotation" in the 1997-2005 Chevrolet Malibu, the 1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue, 1999-2004 Olds Alero, 1999-2005 Pontiac Grand Am, the 2000-2005 Chevy Impala and Monte Carlo, the Pontiac Grand Prix and the 2003-2014 Cadillac CTS and the 2004-2006 Cadillac SRX.
GM made the announcement Monday afternoon. Earlier in the day, the company unveiled a compensation plan for owners of recalled vehicles who had suffered crashes. GM has not put a cap on that compensation, which is likely to run into the billions.
The automaker, which received an $11.3 billion U.S. federal bailout in 2009, has now recalled more vehicles than it sold globally in the last two years and more than its sold in the last seven years in the U.S.