Last Friday, General Motors Company (GM) announced a recall on 4.3 million vehicles worldwide for defective software involving airbag deployment. The defect, which can prevent airbags from activating or seat belts to lock during a crash, has thus far been connected to three injuries and at least one death. The defect is described as a sensor problem that tricks the computer into thinking it is in test mode, and therefore doesn't register as a real crash. While the problem only triggers in rare circumstances, the recall covers a wide variety of cars, including all the newer models of Buick LaCrosse', GMC Sierra, Chevrolet Corvettes, Caprice, Spark EVs, and Tahoe's, Silverado HD and 1500, the Silverado Suburban, and Cadillac Escalades. GM said they would be notifying customers and offering a free software update, which is reported to already be available at their dealerships.
General Motors recalled over one million 2014 and 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks worldwide because there is an issue the functionality of the seatbelts. Namely, there was a possibility that seatbelts in those vehicles would not hold or protect the driver or passenger in a crash. At issue of the seatbelt is a flexible steel cable that connects the seat belt to the vehicle. This steel cable can separate from the vehicle because of consistent wear and tear, and the repeated action of pulling the seatbelt over time. As of April of this year, there were no reports of crashes or injuries due to the faulty seatbelt.
In order to save lives from vehicle collisions and improve the safety of innocent drivers, unsafe vehicles must be removed from roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 25,000 deaths have occurred on roadways in 2015. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reducing the amount of traffic fatalities by mandating manufacturers to recall the vehicles that do not follow the Federal safety standards or have defects.
The new head of the U.S. Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently stated that recent attention on defective automobiles will likely result in over 60 million vehicles being recalled in 2015.
February of this year, General Motors (GM) notified the National Highway Traffic Safety System (NHTSA) that it was recalling vehicles because of a defective ignition switch that could affect the safe operation of the vehicle. GM knew about faulty ignition switches in its various vehicle models for more than a decade but did not issue a recall until February 2014. The ignition switches can slip out of the "ON" position, which can cause the vehicles to stall, disable power steering, and turn off the air bags. This is a serious safety issue that should have been addressed immediately.
The Detroit News reported that National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has just urged owners of nearly 1 million General Motors (GM) vehicles recalled for ignition switch problems to get them fixed immediately.
In 2014, GM has issued over 50 recalls for millions of cars in a crisis that has left the company's in CEO Mary Barra in constant damage control mode.
Over the past several months, General Motors (GM) has recalled over 29 million vehicles. This staggering number is more than the total amount of vehicles GM has sold in the last seven model years. Most if not all of the recalls are related to safety issues such as faulty ignition switches. This problem dates as far back as 2003 and is potentially deadly.
One day after GM released a scathing report on their safety shortcomings, they announced four additional recalls, three of them involving air bags that may not deploy in a crash. Including the latest four, GM has now had 34 recalls this year involving 13.9 million vehicles in the U.S.
Federal regulators recently imposed the biggest punishment they could on General Motors and condemned it over its failure to promptly report a defect that has been linked to 13 deaths. GM will pay a $35 million dollar penalty, which is the maximum allowed and the largest fine ever imposed on an automaker. GM will be required to make a wide range of changes to its safety practices that will be supervised by the government, which is another first for the automaker. David Friedman of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated that the investigation of GM found "deeply disturbing" evidence over how GM treated safety concerns. Friedman also cited an internal presentation from 2008 that was used to train employees to obscure some problems.