WASHINGTON – U.S. regulators are investigating potential flaws in at least 2 million General Motors vehicles that remain on the road, underlining the potential for still more recalls on top of this year’s already-record tally.
The largest U.S. automaker may continue to recall vehicles into the middle of the summer months, Barclays analyst Brian Johnson wrote last week after meeting with a top GM executive. The company didn’t dispute Johnson’s characterization.
Clues to the sorts of issues that could be subject to recalls, and their potential scope, are contained in documents and data kept by the auto industry’s main regulator in the U.S., the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
NHTSA is looking into complaints from drivers on issues including corroding brake lines and the unexpected failure of automatic braking and headlights in GM vehicles, according to data on its website, which is regularly updated.
Any recalls would come on top of almost 14 million vehicles that GM has called back this year in the U.S.
GM’s previous record was 10.7 million vehicles recalled in 2004, according to NHTSA’s data.