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More vehicle recalls from General Motors

The Toyota recall comes on the heels of *two recalls from General Motors since Monday.

It's just one of a series of recent recalls from the company.
In fact.. they have already recalled more cars in the US this year than they have sold in the past five.
   
Poppy Harlow has more on the company's record number of recalls.
11 recall announcements in a week - as General Motors racks up 13.8 million recalls in the U.S. alone so far this year.

"So this has been a banner year for GM in a bad way. They've had 29 separate recalls, so far this year, which is a record. Even for them, this is big."

So far this year gm has recalled more cars than it has sold since it exited bankruptcy in 2009 leaving just about everyone wondering, what's going on with GM?

"We've moved from a cost culture after the bankruptcy to a customer culture." 
The automaker says the surge in recalls is because the company is holding itself to higher safety standards -- tackling problems more quickly.  They also follow newly minted CEO Mary Barra's congressional testimony about why it took GM a decade to report an ignition switch defect that has been tied to at least 13 deaths.

"Employees of General Motors from engineers, investigators, all the way up through executives were briefed on information associated with this recall."

That violation alone cost GM the maximum $35 million civil fine - and will likely cost the company significantly more in victim compensation and potential other fines.  This is all on top of a criminal probe by the Department of Justice surrounding the ignition switch defect.

"My sincere apologies to everyone who has been affected by this recall, especially the families and friends who lost their lives or were injured. I are deeply sorry."

But Barra is not new to GM.  She has been with the company for 33 years - formerly vice president of Global Product Development  leaving lingering questions about what she knew, when, about product flaws in GM vehicles.

"I was not aware that this was this issue until the recall was introduced on January 31st."
 "Had GM acted differently, perhaps some of this tragedy might've been averted."

GM says that is exactly what it is doing now - hense the mountain of recalls. The last thing they want is to be accused of delaying another one.

"They're cleaning out the closets going through finding every issue they've had in the past that maybe should have been a recall and making it a recall."

"I think they just are having a bad time it wouldn't stop me from buying a GM."
"I probably wouldn't go buy GM knowing that. "

So far fixing all those recalled cars will cost it $1.7 billion dollars this year and GM shares are down 18% this year.  But what might be surprising, is all these recalls haven't made a dent in GM's sales - which were 7% higher in April than a year ago. 

What GM is doing is talking saying we're gonna be a good corporate citizen- they said the same thing in the past//the proof is really in the pudding." 

So are more recalls coming soon?  In an email to CNN GM wrote:  "We are aggressively addressing issues as they come up." 

GM has hired a new safety chief and 35 more safety investigators, to follow up on potential problems.

The automaker also hired Ken Feinberg, who worked with victims of 9/11 and the BP oil spill, to determine how to pay victims of the ignition switch problem. 
   
But so far, GM has yet to accept legal liability for that recall.