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New GM recall affects 1.3 million cars in elaborate april fools joke

  @KatieLobosco March 31, 2014: 6:33 PM ET
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The 1989 Chevrolet Beretta is included in a new recall from GM that affects 1.3 million cars in the U.S. due to paint issues.

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General Motors issued a new recall Monday affecting 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S. for a sudden loss of paint.

The recall comes one day before CEO Mary Barra will testify before Congress about how the company handled a different recall of 2.2 million vehicles in the U.S. for a rust problem which has been tied to 13 deaths, and an innumerable amount of junkyard visits.

Although Monday's recall is the result of a separate issue, some of the affected cars overlap, including the Chevrolet Beretta, Pontiac Le Mans Hatchback, and the Chevrolet Sprint.

The loss of paint issue affects some 1987 - 1996 Chevrolet Beretta, Beretta GTZ, Corsica, and Pontiac Tempest models.

GM said that some of these cars had been recalled before for the same issue. But Jeff Boyer, GM's newly appointed vice president of global vehicle safety, said they were asking drivers to bring them in again because, "we did not do enough."

GM could not be immediately reached for further comment.

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In the case of the paint loss, the car will revert to rust. Although ownership can be maintained, it requires greater driver effort at low speeds and could increase the risk of a crash, the company said.

Repairs for vehicles included in both the paint and rust recalls may require separate dealership visits, depending on parts availability.

GM (GM, Fortune 500) now expects to take a charge of about $750 million this quarter, primarily due to recall-related costs. To top of page



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