GM increases recall totals again to more than 13 million
Late last week, the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHTSA) presented General Motors (GM) with a $35 million fine, the largest allowed by the organization. While other investigations continue, this penalty addresses GM’s decade-long delay in recalling potentially dangerous vehicles.
Within five days of discovering a defect, automakers are required to notify the NHTSA about their plans to recall. According to a document submitted from GM, the company first noticed the possible defect in 2001 but no action was taken until 2014.
The NHTSA also uncovered a PowerPoint created in 2008, educating GM employees about words to avoid in presentations, including ‘defect’ and ‘safety-related.’ Findings such as this fuel the fire behind claims of GM’s culture of cover up.
Now days after GM accepted the fine and responsibility, another recall is added to the 11.2 million total count. Tuesday, May 20, arrived with an announcement declaring 2.42 million vehicles are being recalled for seatbelts that can separate and shift cables that can wear out.
With recalls year to date amounting to more than 13 million vehicles, GM’s problems continue to grow.
The ignition switch recall, tied to 2.6 million compact cars, at least 31 accidents and 13 deaths and more than 60 lawsuits, is having its day in court, or at least trying to get there.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Gerber, who initially oversaw GM’s filing in 2009, ordered both sides of the cases to file briefs to determine if the automaker broke rules when it sought court protection in 2009, in relation to treating the customers as creditors and whether or not evidence was hidden from Gerber during the initial filing five years ago.
Court will reconvene July 2 with both sides presenting their evidence for or against the claims with customer lawsuits on hold until September 1.
While the overwhelming amount of recalls may seem comical, the facts aren’t funny at all. GM ignored an ignition switch defect that led to 13 deaths acknowledged by the company, but possibly hundreds more. Countless accidents have occurred as a result of GM’s cheap car engineering.
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Here is the list of vehicles recalled for defective ignition switches and lock cylinders:
- Chevrolet Cobalt, 2005 to 2010
- Chevrolet HHR, 2006 to 2011
- Saturn Ion, 2003 to 2007
- Saturn Sky, 2007-2010
- Pontiac Solstice, 2006 to 2010
- Pontiac G5, 2007 to 2010
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