General Motors Recalls 1.5 Million Vehicles

General Motors is recalling nearly 1.2 million SUVs for defective side air bags, as well as an additional 367,000 vehicles for separate problems.

The American automaker is recalling 1.18 million SUVs, including Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia SUVs from the 2008-2013 model years, Chevrolet Traverse SUVs from the 2009-2013 model years and Saturn Outlook SUVs from the 2008-2010 model years, due to an air bag issue. If drivers ignore the Service Air Bag warning light, side airbags can potentially malfunction during a crash.

Also recalled today were 303,000 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans from the 2009-2014 model years, which do not comply with a head impact requirement for unrestrained occupants.

Another 63,900 Cadillac XTS sedans from the 2013-2014 model years are under recall due to a defect in the brakes that can lead to corrosion and engine fires. GM said they are aware of two engine fires that have been brought on as a result of the issue. No injuries or deaths have been reported due to the recalled parts.

And additional two million vehicles are under recall globally.

This new recall comes as GM faces multiple investigations over its handling of a recall of more than 1.6 million small cars for defective ignition switches. The Department of Justice, a U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee and NHTSA have already announced investigations into the delay of the GM response to the defect, which has been blamed for causing numerous deaths.

"Today's announcement underscores the focus we're putting on the safety and peace of mind of our customers. We are conducting an intense review of our internal processes and will have more developments to announce as we move forward," GM CEO Mary Barra said in a statement.

The company says it expects to spend approximately $300 million in the first quarter to repair the vehicles in the latest recall as well as the vehicles in the ignition recall.