Throughout The Car Industry
Biggest GM Recalls Recalled
You couldn’t avoid the latest GM recall and the storm of media coverage around it even if you lived under a rock! As the saga unravels in front of our eyes, it’s hard not to wonder what the future will hold for GM. This is, after all, the same company that was already struggling to keep up in the most important class in the industry, the truck market. This isn’t, however, GM’s first rodeo and, to be fair, there isn’t a major auto maker out there that hasn’t had a scandalous recall of some kind... so here’s a look back at GM’s history of recalls.
The issue: Ignition switch defect with implications not fully known. The affected models were made from 2003-2007. Recall announced in February 2014.
How many were affected: Unknown, estimated 1,546,900
Models: Chevy Cobalt and HHR. Pontiac G5 and Solstice. Saturn Ion and Sky.
The issue: Improperly lubricated front wheel out bearings on select 1978 GM models. Recall announced July 1979.
How many were affected: 1,896,222
Models: Buick Century and Regal. Chevy Malibu and Monte Carlo. GMC Caballero. Oldsmobile Cutlass. Pontiac Grand Prix and LeMans.
The issue: Loss of power brakes on 1976 models. Recall announced April 1977.
How many were affected: 2,200,000
Models: All Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac automobiles.
The issue: Exhaust leaking into the passenger compartment on certain 1965-1969 models. Recall announced March 1969.
How many were affected: 2,570,914
Models: Chevrolet Bel Air, Biscayne, and Impala
The issue: Fast idle cam on carb could break apart and cause loss of throttle control on vehicles made from 1968-1969. Recall announced March 1969.
How many were affected: 2,966,979
Models: All GM models with Rochester Quadrajet 4-bbl carbs.
The issue: Rear axle became suddenly disengaged on certain 1978-1980 models. Recall announced in November 1984.
How many were affected: 3,100,000
Models: Buick Century and Regal. Chevrolet El Camino, Malibu, and Monte Carlo. GMC Caballero. Oldsmobile Cutlass. Pontiac Grand Prix and LeMans.
The issue: Tailgate cable failure on certain 2000-2004 trucks. Recall announced 2004.
How many were affected: 3,662,211
Models: Cadillac Escalade EXT. Chevrolet Avalanche, Kodiak, and Silverado. GMC Sierra and Topkick.
The issue: Small stones or debris could become lodged between steering coupling and frame, impairing left turning abilities in certain 1971-1972 models. Recall announced January 1973.
How many were affected: 3,707,064
Models: Buick Centurion, Electra, Estate, Estate Wagon, LeSabre, and Riviera. Chevrolet Bel Air, Biscayne, Brookwood, Caprice, Impala, Kingswood Estate, and Townsman. Oldsmobile Eighty Eight and Ninety Eight. Pontiac Bonneville, Catalina, and Grande Ville.
The issue: Rear control arm bolts could break suddenly on certain 1978-1981 models. Recall announced February 1981.
How many were affected: 5,821,160
Models: Buick Century and Regal. GMC Caballero. Chevrolet El Camino, Malibu, and Monte Carlo. Pontiac Grand Prix and LeMans.
The issue: Sudden acceleration caused by broken motor mounts in select models made from 1965-1970. The recall went into effect in late 1971.
How many were affected: 6,682,084 cars.
Models: Chevy Bel Air, Brookwood, Camaro, Caprice, Chevy II, G Series, Impala, Kingswood, C Series, P Series, Nova, Townsman. GMC C, G, and P Series.
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