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GM car recalls in the Middle East: Are you affected?

General Motors’ regional operation clarifies number of vehicles hit in massive global recall

Ben Flanagan

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General Motors says it will recall 858 cars in Middle East as part of a safety action involving more than 1.5 million vehicles globally.

The Detroit-headquartered automaker said on Monday it was making a new round of recalls involving several models, following last month’s action over 1.6m vehicles.

The new recalls of 1.5m vehicles includes 66,218 Cadillac XTS cars from 2013 and 2014, which are being recalled from the U.S., Middle East and Canada due to a problem with brake booster pumps.

“Middle East Cadillac dealers will be contacting 858 owners of 2013 and some 2014 Cadillac XTS models to fix a brake booster pump wiring issue,” a General Motors spokesperson told Al Arabiya News.

The problem with the brake-booster pump can “lead to overheating, melting of plastic components and a possible engine compartment fire,” the spokesperson said.

“GM is aware of two engine compartment fires in unsold vehicles at dealerships and two cases of warranty claims, which happened outside the Middle East,” the spokesperson added, saying that no injuries had been associated with the problem.

The previous recall of more than 1.6 million vehicles due to problems with ignition switches does not affect the Middle East, GM confirmed.

“The models that have been recalled (Chevrolet HHR & Cobalt, Pontiac G5, Pursuit and Solstice and Saturn Sky) are not sold in the Middle East. We are not aware of any of these vehicles being present in this region,” the spokesperson said.

Mary Barra, the global chief executive of GM on Monday admitted that the company had fallen short in catching faulty ignition switches linked to 12 deaths.

“Something went wrong with our process in this instance, and terrible things happened,” she told employees in a video message.

GM has recalled more than 3.1 million vehicles in the United States and other markets over the last two months.