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GM Recalls About 361K Cars, SUVs For Headlight Faults

General Motors Co.'s (GM) story of vehicle recalls continue unabatedly in 2014, with the automaker on Monday recalling a total of about 316,357 million cars and midsize sports utility vehicles globally, with 273,182 of them in the U.S. The company revealed this in an email that was posted on Automotive News.

The recall was related to the malfunctioning of the headlights that may see the possible intermittent or permanent loss of low beam headlamps. The company is replacing the light modules free of cost.

The vehicles affected by the recall are the Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, Saab 9-7X, and Isuzu Ascender of 2006 to 2009 model years.

The company said the malfunctioning of the headlamps does not affect the high-beam headlamps, marker lamps, turn signals, or fog lamps. However, GM has not been able to confirm whether the HDMs in these vehicles caused any vehicle accidents.

Detroit, Michigan-based GM confirmed that it has already sent the information for this recall to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on November 25, but the NHTSA is yet to post it to its website.

The company, which continues to be plagued by vehicle recalls in 2014, has already ordered an internal investigation into the several vehicle recalls since January 2014. It is also under multiple investigations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Congress, the Justice Department and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the recalls.

According to the General Motors site, it has already initiated about 79 safety and non-compliance recalls in the U.S. since the beginning of 2014, including the current recall. The recalls cover a staggering 30 million vehicles in the U.S., with nine of these involving more than a million vehicles, while eighteen of these involved fewer than a thousand vehicles.

The total number of vehicle recalls this year is more than General Motors' previous record of 10.7 million vehicle recalls in the U.S. in 2004.

GM closed Monday's regular trading session at $32.94, down $0.49 or 1.47% on a volume of 14.39 million shares.

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