General Motors investigating if UAE vehicles are affected by global recall

The car maker based in Detroit announced on Monday it will conduct six new safety recalls in the United States involving vehicles from made between 1997 and 2014 due to 'inadvertent ignition key rotation'.

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DUBAI // General Motors Middle East is investigating whether any of its vehicles sold in the UAE are affected by a worldwide recall of more than 8 million cars to replace faulty parts.

The car giant’s Detroit head office said on Monday it would conduct six new safety recalls in the United States involving vehicles made between 1997 and this year, because of “inadvertent ignition key rotation”.

“The recent recall of 8.4 million vehicles, mostly from America, does not include vehicles from the Middle East region,” said a GM Middle East spokesman.

“In line with its strong stance on safety, GM Middle East is investigating whether any of its vehicles in the region will be recalled.

“But GM Middle East can confirm that many of the vehicles that make up this recall, such as Pontiac, Isuzu, Buick and Oldsmobile, are not sold in this region.”

In the US, GM said it was aware of seven crashes, eight injuries and three fatalities in its vehicles. It said there was no conclusive evidence that the defect caused these accidents and there had been no reports of accidents because of faulty parts.

“If GM finds there are vehicles in the UAE involved, dealers here will proactively reach out to the specific owners to have their vehicle inspected,” the spokesman said. “GM Middle East has had no reports of crashes or injuries that have resulted from issues relating to recalls.”

pkannan@thenational.ae