Late last week, three new recalls were announced by General Motors, which cover almost half a million vehicles. The largest of the recalls involves full-size pickup trucks and SUVs. The recall covers some Chevrolet Silverados, GMC Sierras and SUVs, including the Chevy Tahoe. The vehicles must have their software recalibrated. The software in the transfer case may electronically switch to neutral without any input from the driver. Fortunately, no crashes or injuries have been reported because of the problem.
The second recall involves only 4,800 2013 and 2014 Chevy Caprice police cars and 2014 Chevy SS sport sedans. That recall involves the windshield wiper module assembly. If the motor gear teeth in the assembly become stripped, the wipers may fail to operate. No crashes or injuries because of this issue have been reported. The final recall involves 1,939 2014 Corvettes. In those cars, the rear shock absorbers must be replaced. No crashes or injuries have been reported because of that problem either.
This latest recall announcement comes at a time when GM is facing a multitude of legal and financial woes. The company has recalled over 20 million vehicles this year in North America alone because of safety issues. Most of the recalls are related to defects with ignitions, which have been linked to 54 crashes and at least 13 fatalities. GM has been accused of covering up the safety issues with the ignitions for 11 years, and is facing multiple lawsuits as well as congressional investigations.
GM appears to be taking more proactive steps to fix defects in its vehicles before injuries and crashes occur. This is no doubt a result of the negative publicity and financial damages the company is facing because of the delay in recalling cars with defective ignition switches. Companies which manufacture consumer products, particularly car companies, have a duty to make safe products. If they fail to do so, and a consumer is injured, the consumer has a right to sue the company for their injuries, and in some cases, punitive damages to punish the company as well.
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