By Peter Sullivan - 05/20/14 12:46 PM EDT
General Motors announced a new set of recalls Tuesday for 2.42 million vehicles, which come on the heels of controversy over a delayed response to other safety defects.
The new recalls are separate from the ignition switch problem at the center of the controversy roiling the company.
The company said there have been no fatalities as a result of these defects.
It also sought to frame the recalls as an indication of its newfound watchfulness after the previous revelations, saying they are part of “a continuing effort to quickly address emerging safety issues.”
GM noted it has added 35 “product investigators” since the beginning of 2014.
The Department of Transportation announced a $35 million penalty against GM on Friday, the maximum amount allowed by law. Regulators said the company failed to act on its knowledge of defects linked to 13 deaths. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration acting Administrator David Friedman said knowledge of the ignition switch problems went “all the way up through executives.”
Members of Congress have been calling for even tougher penalties.
Sen. Richard BlumenthalRichard BlumenthalDems press ITT Tech to give students right to sue Senate amendments could sink email privacy compromise Groups urge Senate to oppose defense language on for-profit colleges MORE (D-Conn.), chairman of a subcommittee overseeing highway safety, told CBS on Saturday that he is proposing legislation to eliminate the cap on fines entirely.
The Department of Justice is still investigating, which could lead to more penalties for the company.
As for the recalls announced Tuesday, GM says it is aware of 18 crashes and one injury, which are from the Malibu and G6.