It’s not a good time to be the owner of a General Motors vehicle. The company continues to recall millions of its vehicles, issuing new recalls seemingly every week. On May 8, General Motors recalled 8,208 Malibu and Buick LaCrosse Sedans for a braking problem. The vehicles might have rear brake rotors where the front rotors should be, which can increase risk of an accident.
GM recalled 140,067 2014 Chevrolet Malibu sedans about a week later because of a braking defect as well. According to General Motors, it learned of the potential problem with the Chevrolet Malibu on April 24, when it was testing another vehicle that has a braking system very similar to the one on the Malibu.
As a result of this defect, the brakes could take a much longer time to activate, and consequently, the car could take a longer time to come to a complete stop.
The latest batch of recalls, which includes four separate issues and impacts 2.42 million more vehicles, was announced on May 20.
The defects and recalls include:
- 1,402 model year 2015 Cadillac Escalades and Escalade ESVs for passenger-side front air bag defects;
- 58 model year 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD full-size pickup trucks for fire hazards stemming from loose electrical connections in the engine compartment; and
- 1.33 million model year 2009-2014 Buick Enclaves, Chevrolet Traverses, and GMC Acadia full-size crossover SUVs and model year 2009-2010 Saturn Outlooks for weak front safety lap belt cables.
GM added one million more vehicles to the April 29 recall for transmission shift indicator cables. The update includes model year 2004-2008 Chevrolet Malibus and Chevrolet Maxxs, model year 2007-2008 Saturn Auras, and model year 2005-2008 Pontiac G6s.
This isn't even mentioning the 2.6 million vehicles the company recalled related to a faulty ignition system that includes the ignition switch and ignition lock cylinder.
If you currently own a GM vehicle that is included in one of the recalls, stop using the car, and contact your local authorized GM dealer. The company will begin informing owners of these vehicles about the recall in the next few weeks.
Defective GM Vehicles Pose Accident, Injury Risks to Motorists
Unfortunately, these are not the only problem vehicles that General Motors has recalled recently. In fact, the company is already on schedule to break the recall record for 2014. Those defects include everything from defective headlights to faulty ignition switches.
Some of those defects have resulted in fatalities. For instance, the ignition switch recall was for various small cars from the 2003-2011 model years. The ignition switches could shift out of run mode and shut down the engine, disabling airbag systems. The company has confirmed that there have been at least 46 car accidents linked to the ignition switch problem, causing 13 fatalities in the United States.
The abnormally high number of GM recalls is being related to the post-bankruptcy restructuring of the company's board of directors. The new board members are focusing more on customer safety, rather than cost-cutting measures, and are issuing recalls for any flaw, no matter how insignificant it may seem.
If you have suffered an injury in an accident involving a GM or other vehicle with a defective part, you may be eligible for compensation for damages. Call car accident attorney Jason Schultz in Atlanta to learn about your options for compensation: 404-474-0804.