GM Recall 2014: What you may have missed

GM Recall 2014: What you may have missed

By now, you’re undoubtedly aware of General Motor’s massive recall for multiple issues, including power steering and ignition switch defects.

More than 2.5 million vehicles were recalled for problems with the detent plunger, a spring used to hold your key in place once inserted. A second recall of the same vehicles followed for additional complications in the ignition- the lock cylinder doesn’t hold the key in place, allowing removal when the car is not in park.

The defective detent plunger killed at least 13 people, although other groups and families of additional victims claim that number is much higher. As multiple organizations investigate GM, details continue to emerge, stating the company knew of the defects for more than a decade before acting and an engineer approved a larger detent plunger in newer models without changing the part number.

The list below is a condensed version of the recently released information regarding GM’s recall and investigation:

  • A judge in Texas denied a request to park all of the recalled vehicles until they were fixed. Attorneys sought the order after evidence surfaced, claiming the vehicles weren’t safe even when all excess keys and keychains were removed from the actual car key. GM remains confident in the safety of the compact cars, despite recent reports.

 

  • As more and more cases are filed, GM wants a bar on every lawsuit citing an incident before they filed Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.  Part of the deal made GM a new legal entity with no responsibility for incidents happening before June 2009. A significant number of the accidents (all but one of the deaths they claim) occurred before GM filed, thus leaving victims and families essentially high and dry. Because the “new” GM is dedicated to their customers, they say everyone will be taken care of and the company is considering creating a fund to compensate the victims.

 

  • Like the issues with the ignition switch, GM knew about the power steering problems in multiple models before announcing the recall this spring. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) knew of at least 12 crashes and two injuries in addition to the thousands of complaints GM received, yet no recall was made.

 

  • The Chevy Cobalt, along with the Saturn and Pontiac version, were doomed from the start. Created when GM was in a cost cutting culture to satisfy government stipulations about fuel-efficient vehicles, the Cobalts and others weren’t made for durability or dependability. They were assembled and sold cheap, endangering all who drove them.

Here is the list of recalled vehicles:

  • 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

We hope GM’s recall crisis serves as lesson to other automakers that cutting corners or knowingly selling faulty vehicles to consumers has consequences.

If you or someone you love drove one of the recalled vehicles above and was involved in an accident, please contact us immediately. We may able to help.

Footnotes
Isidore, C. (2014). GM’s recalled Cobalt was a failure from the start. CNN Money. [Link]
Krisher, T. (2014). Documents detail another delayed GM recall. AP. [Link]
NBC News. (2014). Judge declines to order ‘Park it Now’ notices for GM cars. [Link]
Reuters. (2014). GM seeks U.S. court protection against ignition lawsuits. [Link]
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