Recently, GM issued a second recall involving some 1.4 million cars, most of which had already been recalled. The recall is being done to prevent engine fires. Across the U.S., 1,345 GM cars that had already been repaired caught fire, even after getting the repairs done under the terms of the recall.
The problem with the vehicles is that oil can seep through valve cover gaskets that are designed to keep the oil inside the engine. The oil can then drip onto the hot exhaust manifold on the 3.8 liter V6 engines, where it can ignite.
GM has acknowledged that the original repairs did not work and has issued a new recall. GM has advised drivers to park the cars outside until the repairs are done, so that if they do catch on fire the structures in which they are parked will not catch on fire. Consumer experts are raising questions about whether or not GM should have acted sooner in issuing the second recall, whether the government should have stepped in, and whether or not the ineffective fix should have been allowed. So far this year, GM has issued 41 recalls. GM says about half of the recalls apply to fewer than 10,000 cars or trucks.
GM has reported 19 minor injuries and 17 structure fires as a result of the dangerous problem with the engines. Experts are criticizing GM for failing to issue the recall sooner, and are saying that labor costs are the reason. Replacing the gasket and doing the other recall repairs would costs GM roughly $112 million.
Many companies are reluctant to issue recalls because of the expense involved. However, human lives should not be measured in terms of dollars and cents. If you have been injured because of a defective automobile, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at 855-947-0707, or visit us on Twitter.