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General Motors Recalling 1.2 Million Trucks, Sport-Utes

Problem causing temporary power steering failure.

by Michael Strong on Sep.13, 2018

GM is recalling 2015 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks for a problem with the truck's power steering..

General Motors is recalling more than 1.2 million full-size trucks and sport-utility vehicles to correct a steering problem causing crashes.

The company reveals that the power steering may fail and then recover due to a voltage drop in the vehicle’s electrical system. The dip makes the vehicles more susceptible to a loss of control and a crash.

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GM says it has reports of 30 incidents related to the problem, including two injuries. No deaths have been reported. (more…)

GM Recalling 4.3 Million Vehicles for Airbag Problem

Software glitch prevents airbags from deploying in crash.

by Michael Strong on Sep.09, 2016

General Motors announced it was recalling 4.3 million vehicles due to an airbag defect.

General Motors is recalling almost 4.3 million cars, trucks and sport-utility vehicles built in the last three years due to a software defect that could prevent airbags from deploying in a collision. The problem has been linked to one death and three injuries.

The company said the sensing and diagnostic module that controls airbag deployment has a software defect that may prevent the deployment of frontal airbags in certain “rare circumstances when a crash is preceded by a specific event impacting vehicle dynamics.”

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GM discovered the problem after a report was filed in its Speak Up for Safety system relating to a crash involving a 2014 model year Chevrolet Silverado truck in which the driver’s frontal airbag and seatbelt pretensioners were alleged not to have deployed. (more…)

Ford Ends 2014 with Recall; GM Kicks Off 2015 with Recall

Makers continued to be plagued with ignition-related issues.

by Michael Strong on Jan.02, 2015

Ford is recalling Lincoln MKCs to move the ignition button to the top of the console, left, from the bottom, right, where it was susceptible to accidental shutoffs.

For the U.S. auto industry, 2015 is beginning much the same way 2014 ended: with a recall.

Ford announced on Dec. 31 it was recalling more than 25,000 Ford Escapes and Lincoln MKC models for two separate problems. Meanwhile, General Motors kicked off 2015 by announcing it was instituting three recalls for more than 92,000 full-size trucks and SUVs. The move may have some wondering if 2015 will be any different than last year, which saw the industry recall a record 60 million-plus automobiles: double the previous high.

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Dearborn, Michigan-based Ford is recalling 13,500 2015 Lincoln MKCs built at its Louisville Assembly Plant to move the push-button ignition switch from the bottom of the center console, which is near its touch-screen infotainment center, to the top of the console. (more…)

GM Recall Number Hits 79 with Headlight Problem

Maker’s action affects more than 273,000 sedans, SUVs.

by Michael Strong on Dec.02, 2014

The 2007 Chevrolet TrailBlazer is one of more than 273,000 GM SUVs and sedans recalled for headlights that may not work.

And the beat goes on when it comes to General Motors and recalls as the automaker issued its 79th action this year for more than 273,000 midsize SUVs and Buick sedans for headlight problems.

The company is recalling the vehicles because the low-beam headlights can shut off without warning. The problem is with the headlamp driver modules. If they aren’t working properly, the low-beam headlamps and daytime running lamps could intermittently or permanently fail to illuminate, GM said. The problem does not affect the high-beam headlights, marker lights, turn signals or fog lights.

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The vehicles in the recall are 2006-2009 LaCrosse sedans, 2006 and 2007 Chevrolet TrailBlazer and 2006 TrailBlazer EXT; 2006 and 2007 GMC Envoy and 2006 Envoy XL; 2006 and 2007 Buick Rainier; 2006 to 2008 Saab 9-7X and 2006 to 2008 Isuzu Ascender midsize SUVs. (more…)

GM Offers Gift Cards to Get Owners to Make Recall Repairs

$25 cards will be activated after ignition switch repairs are completed.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Nov.06, 2014

General Motors is using $25 gift cards from Amazon and other retailers to lure owners of recalled vehicles into dealers to complete repairs.

With at least 30 deaths now attributed to a defective ignition switch in more than 2 million General Motors vehicles sold in the U.S., you might think owners would race to get the deadly problem fixed as soon as possible. In fact, despite a widely publicized recall, only slightly more than half of the owners have yet dealt with the problem.

Some have delayed because of an initial shortage of replacement parts. But it is normal, according to federal data, for a sizable share of motorists to ignore recall notices for even the most deadly defects.

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Chrysler is struggling with a similar issue. It recalled 2.3 million Jeeps for to install trailer hitches to solve a problem with exposed fuel tanks that may catch fire. Only 119,000 owners have responded to the notices with just 90,000 getting the repairs done. The maker is currently setting up a website to raise the response rate. (more…)

GM Recalling Another 524K Vehicles

Latest actions push total to nearly 30 million.

by Michael Strong on Oct.03, 2014

General Motors is recalling 410,000 Cadillac SRX SUVs from 2010 to 2015 for a suspension problem.

General Motors is adding another 524,000 vehicles to its seemingly never-ending tally of recalled cars and trucks. The latest actions put the maker just shy of 30 million vehicles since the beginning of the year.

The automaker on Monday recalled 120,000 2010-15 Cadillac SRX SUVs in China and Canada for suspension issues, but declined to release the number of vehicles in the U.S. affected by the problem.

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Today, GM said it would include 290,107 2010-15 Cadillac SRX and 2011-12 Saab 9-4X SUVs in the U.S. with the problem. (more…)

Feds Push for New Laws to Speed Recalls, Raise Fines

by Michael Strong on Jul.21, 2014

GM's failure to recall a faulty ignition switch sooner is generating a wave of effort to change the rules about automotive safety.

A record-setting year for recalls and high-profile problems with General Motors and Toyota are mixing together to create a cauldron of proposed laws aimed at making automakers be accountable or pay up in a significant way.

In fact, some members of Congress and the Obama administration are pushing for changes that would force automakers to move more quickly to report potential problems and dramatically stiffen the penalties for attempting to skirt those rules.

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When General Motors admitted to wrongdoing in the handling of its faulty ignition switch, it received a record fine of $35 million from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The previous high was $17.5 million paid by Toyota related to its unintended acceleration problems. That figure was doubled to the current level in 2012. (more…)

Sen. McCaskill Blasts GM’s Top Attorney; Calls Millikin Incompetent

Blumenthal believes Justice Department will find a “cover up.”

by Michael Strong on Jul.17, 2014

General Motors CEO Mary Barra testifies before a Senate Transportation Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety & Insurance.

After praising GM CEO Mary Barra in her opening remarks, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) later took her to task for not firing the automaker’s top lawyer, Michael Millikin, during a senate hearing today.

McCaskill, who chairs the senate subcommittee holding the hearing, blasted Millikin calling him incompetent, then asked Barra why she didn’t fire him.

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She also questioned why Millikin didn’t inform the automaker’s board or the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission about possible punitive damages related to GM’s settling of previous cases. (more…)

GM Recalls Another 1.3 Million Vehicles

Power steering issue prompts the latest action.

by Michael Strong on Mar.31, 2014

GM recalled 1.3 million vehicles today, including the 2009 Pontiac G6, for power steering issues.

The torrent of General Motors’ recalls continued today when the company announced it was recalling 1.3 million cars because they may experience a sudden loss of electric power steering.

The recall of GM products is becoming a regular occurrence and this action puts the automaker at more than 5 million vehicles recalled in March.

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Last Friday, the maker added another 971,000 products covered by a deadly ignition switch problem as well as another 172,000 newer Chevrolet Cruze sedans and 490,000 full-size Chevy and GMC pickups and sport-utility vehicles. (more…)

Handling of GM Recall Spurs Changes in Reporting Bill

Senators want more information available sooner.

by Michael Strong on Mar.26, 2014

Sen. Richard Blumenthal asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Hold to force General Motors to set up an fund to compensate victims.

The controversy surrounding the handling of General Motors’ recall of 1.6 million vehicles due faulty ignition switches is prompting lawmakers to propose changes to how problems are reported.

Sens. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., introduced legislation revising the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Early Warning System.

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The bill mandates automakers to provide regulators with more information regarding fatal crashes and for the U.S. government to make that information more easily accessible to the public. (more…)