Throughout The Car Industry
Thanks to General Motors and Toyota, recalls are standard fare in the world of automotive news. The effects of the delay in reporting potential life-threatening flaws in their products is having a domino effect in the industry.
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GM has cars with faulty ignition switches. Toyota has airbags that don’t work properly. Chrysler has accelerator problems. Mazda has an insect infestation.
The sun came up this morning which is the cue for GM to issue another recall. This one affects 172,000 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles from model years 2013 and 2014. All the cars have a 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine. One of the axles can fracture and separate without warning during normal driving.
Toyota has issued a voluntary recall on 119,000 '03/'04 model year Avalon sedans. The problem with these vehicles,according to a statement made last week by Toyota, is that the “front airbag or seat belt pretensioners could inadvertently deploy.”
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.
Is there a car sitting in your driveway or garage? Do you depend on it to get you to work, school, doctor’s appointments and other necessary destinations? Most of us do. We count on the safety and dependability of our vehicles and trust that as long as we take care of them they will take care of us. And where does this trust come from? Manufacturers build it through information provided to us from advertisements and also word of mouth.
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If you follow automotive news you may already know about the huge fiasco at General Motors over faulty ignition switches in 1.37 million vehicles spanning six models and five production years from 2003-2007. This defect has caused more than 10 deaths to date and has spawned investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, two congressional committees, and the US Department of Justice. That’s not GM's only predicament at present though. There are three more recalls in the works which will encompass 1.5 million more vehicles due to a fault in the brake and airbag wiring harnesses.
The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) has closed an investigation into problems with coolant leaks, which included 24,635 Porsche 911s from model years 2001-2011. All were equipped with Turbo, GT2 or GT3 engines.
On March 3rd, Toyota Motor Sales USA issued a “stop delivery” order to dealers for its 2014 Toyota Highlander Crossovers. This means dealers were asked not to sell any of these vehicles until further notice. The cause of the request is the seat belt in the center of the third row, which apparently was not installed properly at the factory and may not be secured to the vehicle floor. It can come loose during a crash and send the occupant of this seat flying through or out of the vehicle, depending on the severity of the accident.
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Legalities baffle me sometimes. They seem to go against common sense, and those who resort to splitting hairs over what’s “legal” and what’s “right” annoy me to no end. GM is teetering on the edge of falling into this category.