No automaker ever has had a worse year than GM has had in 2014. Between the world famous cover-up and the recalls of more than 30 million vehicles, it’d be hard to believe that things could ever get worse.
Well, GM has somehow found a way to compound their problems by once again falling into hot water.
The 1st Recall
This latest wave of diarrhea s*** started yesterday when GM announced a recall of 117,651 vehicles in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. According to the official report, these vehicles were recalled so GM could fix a potentially faulty chassis-control system that could fail and increase the chances of a crash.
“If the vehicle experiences this condition and stalls while in motion, there could be an increased risk of a vehicle crash,” said GM in a notice to dealers.
The impacted vehicles in this recall include:
- The 2013-14 Cadillac CTS sedans, Escalade SUVs and Escalade/ESV SUVs
- The 2013-14 Chevy Suburban and Tahoe SUVs
- The 2013-14 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs
- The 2014 Buick Enclave, Chevy Traverse and GMC Acadia crossovers; Chevy Express and GMC Savana vans; Silverado and Sierra heavy-duty pickups; and Impala sedans.
The 2nd and 3rd Recalls
Typically, one recall action would mean a horrible week for an automaker. But this is GM we’re talking about!!! They’re always looking to up the ante.
So, I guess nobody should be surprised that only 24 hours later GM announced two even more MASSIVE recalls, involving a combined 524,000 vehicles!!!!!
The impacted vehicles include:
- The 2010-2015 model-year Cadillac SX
- The 2011-12 Saab 9-4X SUVs
GM has indicated that there have been 3 crashes and 2 injuries related to this crash. Mark up that record-breaking 2014 total!!
Now, let’s get to the third recall. Yes, I am serious. Third. Recall.
The automaker will be recalling 89,294 2013-2015 model-year Chevrolet Spark models because corrosion can cause the secondary hood latch striker to stick in the open position. If the primary latch is not engaged, the hood could violently and unexpectedly swing open, causing restricted vision for the driver. Good luck trying to go all Stevie Wonder down the highway!!
Halt the Deliveries!! Halt the Deliveries!!!
GM, once considered the country’s premier automaker, has without a doubt become the country’s biggest joke this year. And in keeping with this new reputation, GM didn’t stop at their astonishing “3 recall” 24 hour cycle.
The reason…. an airbag defect.
“This condition will cause the driver-side airbags to not function as designed and may adversely affect the crash performance of the driver-side airbags,” GM’s notice said.
They added that they are planning on reprogramming the airbag’s sensing and diagnostic module with new software to eliminate the problem. The company said the trucks will then be available “in the next few days.”
The troubling thing about this halt, of course, is that CEO Mary Barra has been preaching all year that GM is entering a new era, one with much more attention to production and quality. But if this was really the case, how could they have let deliveries and sales (49 of these trucks are already in customers’ possession) begin on these trucks without making sure that everything was in working order?
It looks like we still got the same ole GM, just a different talking head.