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GM orders dealers to stop selling Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks

GM orders dealers to stop selling Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks
GM has issued recalls on pickup trucks with faulty airbags. The recall includes the 2015 GMC Canyon, pictured here. (GM)

General Motors has issued a fresh set of vehicle recalls on Cadillacs, Saab SUVs and Chevy Sparks, and told its dealer network to immediately stop selling its brand-new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickup trucks.

The new trucks have been equipped with airbags the company says have faulty wiring and may "cause the driver airbags to not function as designed."

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The majority of the trucks, the company says, are still at assembly plants or in transit to dealers. Customers who have already bought them will be notified by FedEx letter or by telephone and will be told to bring their vehicles to dealers as soon as possible.

At the same time, the company issued new vehicle recalls for three models.

Just more than 290,000 Cadillac SRX cars from the model years 2010 to 2015 and Saab 9-4X SUVs from the model years 2011 and 2012 may have a loose adjuster in the steering system. This could cause the vehicles to "sway or wander at highway speed," the company says. The vehicles may also have a problem with the rear suspension that could "create sudden vehicle instability." The company says it is aware of three crashes and two injuries resulting from this problem.

Another 140,000 of the vehicles sold in Mexico and Canada are also being recalled.

GM also issued a recall on 89,294 Chevrolet Sparks made from the model yeares 2013 to 2015 for a possible hook latch problem.

Earlier this week, GM issued recalls on an additional 97,540 vehicles sold in the U.S. for chassis control problems. The vehicles involved, from the model years 2013 and 2014, included Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban; Cadillac CTS; GMC Yukon and Yukon XL; Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV. The recall also included model year 2014 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana, Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD.

Including the new recalls, the automotive giant has issued 26.4 million recalls this year in the U.S. and 29.9 million altogether in North America.

The most serious recalls have involved faulty ignition switches, which when defective can disable airbags, power steering and other features. The company has set aside $400 million to pay for lawsuits and legal fees resulting from the problem, which is known to have caused multiple -- possibly hundreds -- of deaths.

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