The recall numbers for General Motors Co. continue to rise and the pubic has to be wondering how any carmaker could get itself into such a monumental mess. GM has recalled nearly 524,400 Cadillac, Saab and Chevrolet vehicles in North America for mechanical issues that have caused at least three crashes and two injuries. This brings the total number of GM vehicles recalled in the U.S. so far this year to 30 million. Just over 290,000 Cadillac and Saab SUVs were recalled because of concerns that the toe adjuster lock nut could malfunction, causing the vehicles to sway or wander on the highway. GM has also recalled nearly 90,000 Chevrolet Sparks because erosion to a latch could make the hood fly up unexpectedly. This obviously would create a safety hazard.
I don’t believe the public really understands the magnitude of GM’s safety-related problems. During the first nine months of 2014, GM had recalled more than 30 million vehicles because of a safety-related defect. That is seven years worth of GM’s entire production. That’s a shocking revelation. GM reported the problems with its model year 2010 through 2015 Cadillac SRX and 2011 through 2012 Saab 9-4X SUVs to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Sept. 17. Improper torqueing, according to GM, is the cause of the problems with the lock nuts. GM says that “dealers will inspect for the condition.” If necessary, the dealers will remove them and install a new link assembly. GM also said that unsold vehicles would be checked for proper torqueing before being sold. GM says it is aware of three crashes and two injuries as a result of the issues with its Cadillac and Saab SUVs. But it says that no injuries have been reported in relation to the recent recalls.
About 13,000 of the unsold model year 2013 through 2015 Sparks are being held at U.S. dealerships and will not be delivered until repairs are made. Dealers will replace the hood latch on cars already sold when parts are available. The cars were imported from South Korea and manufactured with the potentially faulty hood latches.
The latest recalls followed the automaker’s announcement a day before that it would recall 117,651 cars and trucks in North America due to potential problems starting or stalling when metallic slivers get into their chassis control modules. Vehicles involved include certain Chevrolet Tahoes and Suburbans, GMC Yukons and Cadillac Escalades, among 10 other GM models. GM says it is not aware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities related to that recall. It should be noted that these three recalls brought GM’s total number of recalls this year to 71.
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