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New GM App Highlights Open Recalls

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CARS.COM — Starting July 18 owners of GM vehicles will be just a tap away from knowing all about their vehicle thanks to a revamped mobile device app that also will include vehicle-specific recall notices.

The new apps are brand-specific: myGMC, myChevrolet, myCadillac and myBuick. The four different apps will eventually replace the universal OnStar RemoteLink app that has served more than 3 million GM users since it was introduced in 2011.

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One of the new features added to the iPhone and Android app is a “check for recalls” tab that displays recalls specific to your vehicle. The tab provides recall specifics and how to contact your dealership to handle the necessary repair service.

The addition of the recalls app is the result of GM working to find a more efficient way to inform customers after the 2014 recall that affected millions of older GM vehicles with faulty ignition switches.

In addition to keeping tabs on your vehicle’s recall status, each brand-specific app allows you to read a digitized version of the owner’s manual, view video tutorials, view and schedule maintenance, check the meaning of warning indicators, lock and start the vehicle remotely, locate the vehicle, get roadside assistance and make a one-touch call to the nearest dealer.

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