In a year clogged with a record number of recalls, General Motors had gone three weeks without any new ones.
That brief pause ended Wednesday, as the automaker announced it was recalling 718,000 cars and trucks for a variety of different problems.
The problems ranged from a broken screw that could cause front seats to move up and down freely to problems with some welds to problems with the power steering. GM said it is aware of two crashes and three injuries, but no deaths associated with the problems prompting the recall.
GM has now recalled nearly 30 million vehicles since the start of the year, by far a record for any automakerand more than half the vehicles recalled by the industry as a whole.
The company has faced harsh criticism after admitting that its employees knew about a an ignition switch problem in 2.6 million cars for more than a decade before ordering a recall. That problem has been tied to at least 13 deaths, and GM has announced a program to pay more than $1 million to each of the victims.
Since that problem became public GM has changed its recall procedure. It is ordering recalls much more proactively, even in cases that it does not have consumer complaints or reports of accidents.
“These recalls signify how we’ve enhanced our approach to safety,” said Jeff Boyer, GM’s vice president of global vehicle safety.