General Motors announced earlier this week that the company is recalling 1.4 million of its vehicles due to increased susceptibility to catch fire from oil leaks. All the vehicles covered by the recall contain 3.8 liter V6 engines and model dates range between 1997 to 2004. GM has previously recalled these vehicles twice before. Consumers are encouraged to check if their vehicles are covered at recalls.gm.com.
Volkswagen, the largest automaker in world, has recently come under investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for installing software in its vehicles to manipulate emissions tests. Volkswagen has been utilizing this software to trick regulators into believing that their vehicles comply with emission standards when in truth, their vehicles emit pollutants up to 40 times admissible EPA standards. Meanwhile, the Justice Department opened a criminal probe to discover the individuals responsible for the misconduct. Volkswagen and any other culpable executives or individuals may be charged with fraud and conspiracy, amongst various other criminal charges. Foreign regulatory agencies are also expected to open investigations.
Plaintiffs suing General Motors Co in connection with faulty ignition switches in its cars have added civil racketeering (RICO) allegations in an amended complaint recently filed in federal court in Manhattan. The plaintiffs accuse the company of conspiring with a law firm and a claims-management company to conceal the defect, which has been linked to 114 deaths.
A lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles claims the Takata Corporation discovered a defect in its airbags around ten years ago and then destroyed the records of the study. Approximately 8 million cars have been recalled. Most of the recalled vehicles were built by Honda Motor, which is also named as a defendant in the suit.
According to the Associated Press, GM will need over 9 million parts to repair millions of cars it has recalled. With parts slowly arriving at dealers, frustrated drivers are forced to wait weeks or months while driving cars they fear are unsafe.
A defective ignition switch installed in General Motors vehicles has caused thirteen deaths and severely injured a Houston-area woman. Tiffany Adams, a 30 year old Sam Houston State University graduate, was traveling on U.S. 59 on December 23, 2013. A defective "ignition module" caused her key placed in the ignition to inadvertently switch from the "run" to the "off" or "accessory" position. As a result, Adams' 2007 Pontiac Solstice spun out of control, hit a tree and prevented Adams' airbags from deploying. The impact left Adams with a broken neck, broken ribs and injuries to both of her legs that required amputation. About two months after the accident that took her legs and broke her spine, Ms. Adams received a letter from GM informing her that her vehicle was being recalled.
A total of 6.39 million vehicles are being recalled by Toyota Motor Corp., a Japanese based car manufacturer. Roughly 30 models globally have been affected.
A recent interview on CNN focused on a young woman who was killed in a GM vehicle on her 29th birthday in Georgia. Brooke Melton's parents hired a lawyer in Georgia to investigate the claim and their expert (not GM's) found a .90 cent defective part that had been installed in her 2005 Chevy Cobalt. Brooke had the same problem four days before her death when her ignition shut off, and she lost control of her power steering and her brakes. She took it in for service and the GM dealer returned it to her, telling her it was all fixed.
According to a recent article in USA Today, General Motors announced three new recalls involving nearly 1.5 million vehicles. GM said the trio of new recalls is "a result of (CEO) Mary Barra's request for a comprehensive internal safety review following the ignition switch recall." Last month's switch recall involves 1.37 million vehicles in the U.S. and has triggered lawsuits and federal investigations into why GM knew of a switch problem as early as 2001 but only recalled the cars last month GM says it knows of 31 crashes and 12 deaths linked to the switch recall and new probe in Canada could add a recent death there.
According to the New York Times, nearly nine years after the death of young girl, General Motors has recalled nearly 1.4 million cars in the United States, including Cobalts, saying that the ignition switch can shut off a car's engine and electrical system, and disable its air bags. Amber Rose's death was the first of 13 linked to the problem, and was an early warning in what would become a decade-long failure by G.M. and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to address a problem that engineers and regulators had been alerted to years ago.