On Monday, GM was back at it again, this time recalling an unbelievable 8.5 million vehicles. According to the official GM report, these recalls were necessary because of another faulty ignition switch issue that has been linked to 7 crashes, 8 injuries, and 3 deaths.
In case you were wondering, that is 16 deaths in total that GM has claimed responsibility for this year, which is also just 1 less than Ted Bundy’s impressive resumé. Why is nobody going to prison again???
The vehicles included in the latest recall are:
- The Chevy Malibu: 1997-2005
- The Oldsmobile Intrigue: 1998-2002
- The Oldsmobile Alero: 1999-2004
- The Pontiac Grand Am: 1999-2005
- The Chevrolet Impala: 2000-2005
- The Monte Carlo: 2000-2005
- The Pontiac Grand Prix: 2004-2008
At this point, none of us can be too surprised by the announcement. However, we are all wondering one thing: when will all of this end?
It has now gotten to the point that every few weeks the public can bank on a GM recall. So far this year, GM has recalled approximately 29 million vehicles in North America alone. That’s more than their TOTAL sales from 2005-2013.
For the most recent recall, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has already issued an important warning to drivers, saying, “[the latest ignition defects] can result in the air bag not deploying in the event of a crash. Until this recall is performed, customers should use only the ignition key with nothing else on the key ring when operating the vehicle.”
Thankfully, GM replaced the entire ignition switch system for the previous recalls from earlier this year. BUT WAIT!!!
For the latest batch, GM has decided that dealers will just fix the problem by converting the slot on the vehicles’ key head to a small hole, which they claim will reduce the potential for swinging key chains to move the ignition out of the run position while cars are being operated.
How about just replacing the whole damn system? Being cheap and trying to cut costs is what caused this entire mess in the first place. In fact, it has been reported time and again that GM has known about many of their recall issues for years, but decided not to act because it would set their profits back considerably. Is that what is happening with this solution, as well?
So far this year, GM- the nation’s largest auto maker- has spent about $1.2 billion on recalls. Judging by their track record over the last few months, though, I’d bet that the number will be even higher very soon.