GM adds 971,000 cars to ignition switch recall
Nearly 2.6 million cars are now affected; defective parts could still be in supply.
GM said late Friday it was recalling an additional 971,000 cars to replace ignition switches on the entire production run in order to account for cars that had their ignition switches replaced prior to the recall and for any cars awaiting repairs. Since GM changed the part in 2006 and didn't modify the part number, it's impossible to tell whether a replacement switch is old or new without ripping it apart.
GM said it has sold 95,000 replacement ignition switches to dealers and parts distributors. Of those, 5,000 are still in stock and GM is trying to get them returned. A Reuters story addressed this very issue two days earlier.
“We are going to provide our customers with the peace of mind they deserve and expect by getting the new switches into all the vehicles,” GM CEO Mary Barra said in a statement.
The updated model list includes the 2003-2007 Saturn Ion, 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5, 2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR, 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice, and the 2007-2010 Saturn Sky. In Canada, the 2005-2007 Pontiac Pursuit is also included.
This is the second time GM has expanded the initial February recall of nearly 780,000 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and 2007 Pontiac G5 models in the U.S. Later in February, it recalled separate Pontiac, Saturn and Chevrolet models for a U.S. total of 1.36 million. The new total of affected cars in the U.S. is 2.2 million.
GM is under two federal investigations and a criminal probe by the Justice Department for the recall, which has led to at least 12 deaths. Last week, GM recalled 1.54 million cars with unrelated defects under a direct order from its CEO Mary Barra to encourage faster turnaround on safety issues. Barra, who will testify before Congress on Tuesday, also named a new "vehicle safety chief" who now reports directly to her. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which handles all recalls, is also under investigation for why it refused to act despite receiving hundreds of complaints -- along with GM -- for more than a decade.
GM is facing a $350 million class-action lawsuit, in addition to individual suits pending in court and those it has already settled.
Separately, GM this week recalled 656 Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrids that may not alert the driver when the stability control system is disabled. Dealers will reprogram the system starting on April 17.
Now they recall my car I had my HHR fixed last year and I had to pay for it to be done. Are they going to refund me the money that I paid, I think not
The recent recalls brought this thought to mind:
I suspect that the average American hater wouldn't hate American products if they simply were the best products available. Sadly, they are not in many cases and offshore companies are doing their homework while American companies try to ride the patriotism ride. The end result is foreign companies investing in America and producing their wares here. This sadly often than not ends up being products that the American consumer considers to be the best for their money.
The results of this could be seen during the Cash for Clunkers program, the Bailout and now the recall debacle.
How do we fix this?
Build the products that consumers want and trust. (Easier said than Marketed)
I still want GM to send me a check for my tax dollars they used to bail themselves out and then went to China later and built a new plant!!
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