You may have asked yourself, after 13-million General Motors vehicles have been issued recall notifications, are there any vehicles left on the road? The answer is a resounding “Yes”; with a production of more than 9-billion vehicles (and counting) the General Motors Corporation is among the world leaders in automobile production. General Motors led global vehicle sales for 77-consecutive years (from 1931 through 2007 – longer than any other automaker). The corporation currently employs 212,000-people and is active in 157 countries around the globe. Despite undergoing government funded chapter 11 reorganization in 2008 the giant automaker returned to profitability in 2010. After cutting several car lines and initiating a total redesign of remaining models, new car sales made an upward swing and GM was able to repay all government “bailout” funds. Sales have continued in an upwardly mobile fashion, every since.
Feeling the heat from a governmental investigation and senatorial hearing earlier this year, in addition to the after effects of the tragic loss of life associated therewith, GM has revamped their efforts to meet essential Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) as mandated by law, recalling over 13-million vehicles in the process. I believe that their recent proclivity to “err on the side of caution” shows a marked improvement in the company’s internal accountability practices, rather than a decrease in vehicle quality.
Remember to look inside the driver’s door jamb (on most vehicles) to locate the production date (month and year) of your vehicle. Here are the latest safety recalls:
NHSAT Campaign Number 14V24000
GM Recall Campaign Number: 14128
Vehicles Affected: 2014 model Buick Lacrosse vehicles manufactured January 29, 2014 through March 31, 2014, as well as 2014 model Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured February 7, 2014 through March 31, 2014. Approximately 8,208 vehicles are affected, all with 17-inch brake rotors.
Cause: The affected vehicles may have had the thinner rear brake rotors inadvertently installed in the front of the vehicle.
Consequence: As the installed rotors are much thinner than the front rotors, the piston in the front brake caliper could protrude excessively, causing the brake pad/s to dislodge from the mounting bracket. With the brake pad absent from the retainer bracket, the piston could also dislodge from the caliper causing a catastrophic loss of brake fluid.
Correction: General Motors will notify owners beginning May 29.2014 with further instructions regarding vehicle inspection and repair, if needed. If you feel that you own a 2014 Lacrosse or Malibu that is affected by this condition, you may contact Buick at 1-800-521-7300 or Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020.
NOTES: If you own one of these vehicles and have experienced (or are experiencing) a brake malfunction of this nature, please stop your vehicle and have it towed immediately to the nearest General Motors dealership for inspection. A loss of vehicle brake fluid or brake pads will leave the driver with seriously diminished braking capacity and could result in a motor vehicle crash. If this condition were to occur while driving, remain calm, place the shifter in the neutral position and gradually push the emergency brake pedal to the floor until the vehicle comes to a halt.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V266000
GM Recall Campaign Number 14187
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2009 through 2014 Buick Enclave vehicles built between April 14, 2008 and May 14, 2014, Chevrolet Traverse vehicles manufactured between June 6, 2008 and May 14, 2014, GMC Acadia vehicles made between April 9, 2008 and May 14, 2014, and 2008 through 2010 Saturn Outlook vehicles produced between April 14, 2008 and March 18, 2010. Approximately 1,339,355 vehicles are affected by this recall.
Cause: A flexible steel braided cable that retains the safety belt to the front outboard position of the affected seat may fatigue, fray, and eventually separate from the seat after an extended period of time.
Consequence: Steel braided safety cables that separate from the seat may not permit the safety belt to function properly resulting in an increased risk of injury to seat occupants in a motor vehicle crash.
Correction: General Motors will notify owners of affected vehicles by mail with further instruction regarding lap safety belt pre-tensioner inspection and/or replacement. All repairs related to this recall will be performed free of charge. If you feel that you own a vehicle affected by this condition, you may contact the manufacturer directly; Chevrolet 1-800-222-1020, Buick 1-800-521-7300, GMC 1-800-462-8782, and Saturn 1-800-553-6000.
NOTES: If you own a vehicle that is affected by this recall, avoid using the safety belt in question until the necessary repairs are performed. As of this writing, no schedule regarding a recall start date has been released.
NHTSA Recall Campaign Number: 14V261000
GM Recall Campaign Number: 14236
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2004 through 2008 Chevrolet Aveo vehicles equipped with Daytime Running Lamps (DRL). Approximately 218,000 vehicles are affected by this recall.
Cause: An electrical short in the DRL control module (located in the center console of the instrument panel) could generate sufficient heat to melt the DRL module and cause an electrical fire to occur.
Consequence: An electrical fire inside the vehicle could result in a fully-involved vehicle fire, causing a potentially unlimited amount of collateral and physical damage.
Correction: Though GM has not released an official schedule for owner notification or vehicle repair, it is assumed that all repairs related to this recall will be taken care of at no cost to owners. You may call General Motors directly at 1-800-222-1020, with questions or comments.
NOTE: If you feel that you own a vehicle affected by this condition, it is strongly recommended that you never park the vehicle indoors (especially where the garage is attached to inhabited buildings). In the event of a fully involved vehicle fire, the domicile could quickly be overtaken by fire, as well. Additionally, do not leave the vehicle unattended near flammable liquids, fuel pumps, etc.
NHTSA Recall Campaign Number: 14V259000
GM Recall Campaign Number: 14220
Vehicle Affected: Certain 2015 Cadillac Escalade and Cadillac Escalade ESV vehicles built between April 6, 2014 and May 13, 2014. Approximately 1,402 vehicles will be recalled for this condition.
Cause: The vehicles affected by this condition have a problem with the front passenger side supplemental airbag. It seems that an insufficient infrared weld, designed to secure the airbag to its corresponding module, could fail to hold properly. The affected vehicles do not conform to FMVSS number 208, under the heading of “Occupant Crash Protection.”
Consequence: The substandard infrared weld could result in an airbag that fails to properly deploy in the event of an accident, placing occupants at a greater degree of risk.
Correction: Owners of affected vehicles were notified by mail of the condition on May 16, 2014. They will be mailed a second letter when repair parts are available at their local Cadillac dealership. GM will replace parts associated with this recall at no charge to the vehicle owner. If you wish to contact Cadillac directly, the number is 1-800-458-8006.
NOTE: If you have received a recall notification, then avoid allowing passengers to occupy the front passenger seat until the necessary repairs may be performed.