The GM Blog 2014 Part Two
6-2014 Valukas Report Released
The Ignition Switch Recall Report by Anton Valukas has been released.
6-29-14 General Motors Recalls Police Cars
Another 428,000 vehicles were recalled by GM on Friday afternoon. This recall included 2013-14 Chevrolet Caprice police cars. It would be efficient for the police cars to have windshield wipers which actually worked. Can you imagine a high speed chase in the rain and oops – no windshield wipers?
GM has now recalled 20.5 million vehicles this year. Most in the United States market. Who can remember anymore which car was recalled for what….
GM has set up a special search page for GM owners. Enter the VIN and GM will identify whether your car has been recalled. Apparently Mary Barra, CEO of GM, was darn serious when she stated earlier this week to expect more recalls. Perhaps GM might take off the holiday week and not announce any recalls. Who can keep track anymore?
8-8-14 Record Recalls By General Motors
In the continuing saga of recalls, GM has recalled another six million vehicles today. Affected vehicles include the Saturn VUE, Cadillac ATS, Chevrolet Aveo, Impala, model years 2009-2015.
The Saturn VUE, 2002-2004 is the most serious recall due to a power window switch which can cause the vehicle to catch fire. This is the third recall for the VUE, owners are advised to park the VUE outside as the VUE can catch fire if left unattended. However parts will not be available until late Fall to repair the VUE’s.
This brings the total of GM recalls in 2014 to 66 total recalls for 29 million cars worldwide; 25 million of which are in the United States.
Additionally, GM has been unable to locate over 6 percent of the owners for the 2.6 million Cobalt and Saturn Ion ignition switch cars. As of the beginning of August, only 693,000 of the 2.6 million cars have been repaired. Unrepaired cars are in danger of a moving stall where the ignition switch moves to the off or auxillary mode while the car is moving. The airbags are then unable to deploy should a crash occur.
GM is setting a record pace with the recalls for 2014. I recall Mary Barra, CEO, testifying is March that the Cobalt recall was the “old GM” vs. the new GM. Unfortunately the new GM continues to recall cars with the model year through 2015.
9-3-14 General Motor Sales Increase
The August figures for sales at General Motors have been released with a %.40 decrease and %1.2 decrease from same month sales August 2013.
General Motors has recalled over 29 million cars worldwide in 2014; the majority of the cars have been in the United States Market.
This is the first month GM sales have slowed. Despite the recalls, GM sales remained steady. This was attributed in part due to the recalls where customers brought their car in to service the recall and then decided to purchase another GM vehicles. Sales incentives were also a large factor.
Whether a major safety recall or a minor recall, it is a good bet if you bought a GM car within the last few years, a recall has been issued.
GM has provided a website to check a GM cars’ VIN to see if a recall has been issued.
9-17-14 General Motors Compensation Fund Progress
The General Motors Compensation Fund which is being administrated by claims specialist Ken Feinberg has approved 19 death claims thus far.
Approximately 2.6 million Cobalts were recalled in 2014. Problems with the cobalt ignition switch dates back to 2001; however, GM did not recall any of the vehicles until 2014.
Originally GM contested and then acknowledged 13 deaths due to the defective ignition switch. The ignition switch can be jostled into a moving stall which then cuts off power steering and airbag deployment should a crash occur. GM is currently in the process of fixing the affected vehicles and advises current drivers to carry only the ignition key on the key ring.
It would not be a surprise to those who have followed this case, myself included, that significantly more injuries and deaths be attributed to the ignition recall than GM would admit to in the beginning of the investigation.
There is no cap on the GM Compensation Fund which GM allocated $400 million dollars.
GM’s spokespeople has stated GM is now doing the “right thing” for those who were killed or suffered injury.
I’d say they have had since 2001 to do the “right thing.”
Part One of the GM Blog: As The Recalls Turn