Montlick and Associates Reviews Recent General Motors (GM) Safety Recall Issues
General Motors (GM) has announced a wave of new vehicle recalls related to a range of safety issues. These recalls come at a time that the automaker is facing multiple investigations of its actions related to a prior recall of 1.6 million cars with defective ignitions switches. GM is currently facing pending investigations by the NHTSA, Department of Justice and U.S. House of Representative into the company's handling of the faulty ignition switch recall. The pending investigations are focused on the role of the delayed recall in causing fatal crashes related to the ignition defect according to a KTVN CBS news report.
The newly announced recalls includes 1.18 million SUVs with side airbags that might malfunction in a collision and another 367,000 vehicles with other safety concerns. The SUVs covered by the airbag recall include the GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave with model years from 2008-2013. According to the recall announcement, the airbags might not function properly in a collision if owners disregard the airbag's service warning light.
While the bulk of the vehicles recalled are comprised of the SUVs with airbag defect problems, there are a couple of other safety issues affecting other vehicles that are part of the new recall announcement. These other vehicle safety issues involve the following:
- Over 300,000 GMC vans and Chevrolet Express vehicles with model years 2009-2014 were recalled because they do not comply with safety standards for head impact involving unrestrained vehicle occupants.
- Almost 64,000 Cadillac XTS cars from model years 2013-2014 have been recalled because of an issue with the brake pump that could cause corrosion and create a risk of fire. The manufacturer has received two reports of engine fires related to the defect.
These recalls come in the wake of a public announcement by GM CEO Mary Barra during her first interview since the February recall conceding that didn't move fast enough on the ignition switch fault that triggered the recall of 1.62 million cars worldwide. According to a USA Today report she confirm that the company would take financial responsibility for fatalities, injuries and vehicle damage associated with the defect prior to the company going through bankruptcy in 2009. This is a concern for vehicle occupants injured in collisions prior to the bankruptcy because the defect is attributed to 31 crashes and twelve fatalities according to a USA Today report.
For details on the exact vehicles involved in all of the recalls visit recalls.gov.
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