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General Motors, the iconic Detroit- based auto manufacturer, has issued a new recall of more than 1.5 million vehicles, according to a report issued by ABC News on March 18, 2014.

Safety issues have been cited as the reason for the recall. Some might remember that General Motors recalled 1.6 million vehicles last month to correct a problem with defective engine switches. This time around, safety is still the concern and the recall is more proactive than reactive.

Last month’s safety problems resulted in 12 deaths and led to federal investigations surrounding the safety issues and General Motor’s response to them. General Motors CEO Mary Barra is taking no chances.

"Something went wrong with our process in this instance, and terrible things happened," Barra said.

According to Barra, General Motors is taking extensive measures to improve its recall procedure and the company will cooperate completely with government investigations.

"The bottom line is, we will get better as a result of this tragic situation if we seize the opportunity," Barra said.

General Motors says the total cost of the repairs on these defective vehicles, from last month and this month, will run close to $300 million. The affected vehicles in this most recent recall are:

1.18 million SUVs, due to problems with side air bags, front center air bags, and seat belt pretensioners that may not deploy like they should if drivers choose to ignore the air bag warning light on the dashboard. Affected models include the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia from 2008-2013, the Chevy Traverse from 2009-2013, and the Saturn Outlook from 2008-2010 model years.

303,000 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans from 2009-2014, due to concerns with the material on the instrument panel. It may not provide enough cushioning to adequately protect an unbelted passenger’s head in a vehicle crash.

63,900 Cadillac XTS sedans from 2013 and 2014, due to a problem with a plug in the brake assembly. It can become dislodged and short out, possibly causing a fire.

No injuries have been reported yet from the vehicles recalled in any of these three groups, at least not according to General Motors. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported complaints relating to the above safety issues. Anyone who owns one of the above models and affected model years should refer to a local GM dealer for repair.

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