Noble McIntyre on June 3, 2014
General Motors was issued the maximum $35 million fine by the Federal Transportation Department last week for failing to disclose an ignition switch defect in millions of cars.
At the beginning of this year, GM recalled 2.6 million cars because of ignition switches that could shut off the engine while driving, which would prevent the airbags from properly inflating. The company has acknowledged that 13 deaths are linked to the faulty switches. However, in a Reuters report released today, there are at least 74 people who have died in GM car accidents with similarities to the accidents of the earlier 13 reported deaths. These are the recalled GM vehicles:
If you have one of the cars listed above, contact your dealer for more information. As long as the dealer has the parts, the actual repair only takes about 30 minutes to complete. Of course, because of the volume of vehicles needing repairs, call ahead before you bring your car in for service. You might have to make an appointment or wait for service. If you have safety concerns and would like a loaner car until your vehicle has been repaired, GM will provide one at no cost.
Another spate of recalls was announced on May 14th; GM recalled 8,590 2014 Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Malibu cars because the factory might have installed rear brakes on the front wheels. While it’s not an immediate safety concern, the brakes would wear faster than normal and eventually fail. Thankfully, most of these vehicles are still on dealer lots and only about 1,600 are already purchased by consumers.
The company also has current recalls on the Saturn Aura, Buick Regal, Chevrolet Impala, Buick Verano, Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Arcadia, Saturn Outlook, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans. If you own one of these vehicles, check GM’s website or call your dealer to see if your car is affected by the recall.
The good news? GM is showing a pattern of being more responsive to defects and issuing recalls more quickly.