Friday June 27th, 2014 (S2N Media). General Motors Co (GM.N) announced today it would recall 428,211 more vehicles in the United States, including new four-wheel drive pickups and SUVs with a software problem that could cause the vehicles to automatically switch to neutral and roll away while parked.
The software problem affects the four-wheel-drive versions of the 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra; the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban; and the 2015 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL. GM said dealers will recalibrate transfer case control module software in 392,459 full-size pickup trucks and SUVs in the United States and 53,607 in Canada.
As of the date of this article, it’s the 48th recall for the company this year, affecting more than 20 million vehicles. That is a lot of recalls and certainly a lot of vehicles.
Is there someone over at GM hell bent on keeping vehicles parked?
The company said it would also recall 1,939 Chevrolet Corvettes to replace shock absorbers. It will recall 4,794 Chevrolet Caprice police cars and 2014 Chevrolet SS sport sedans in the United States to fix problems with windshield wipers module assemblies.
On Wednesday June 26, General Motors issued a recall for 29,019 Chevrolet Cruzes from the 2013 and 2014 model years because of air bags built with an incorrect part by supplier Takata. Earlier in the week, GM requested dealers to discontinue selling these vehicles
GM lifted the stop sale for most vehicles late Wednesday after parts list were matched to VIN number identifying the affected Cruzes.
The NHTSA says some of the Cruzes have a driver air-bag inflator built with an incorrect part that could cause the inflator to rupture during a deployment possibly striking occupants of the vehicle. That sounds more like a bomb than an air bag.
All the recalled Cruzes are covered under GM’s new-vehicle warranty. GM will notify the affected owners, and dealers will replace the drivers’ air bags.
To be fair, the air
bomb bag problem can be walked back to the manufacturer, Takata. Close to 10 million vehicles with Takata air bag have been recalled since 2008. The Tokyo-based supplier is also the reason for recalls of about 3.6 million vehicles made by Honda, Nissan, Mazda, Toyota and BMW.
The problems discovered this week are unrelated to the defective ignition switches triggering GM’s February recall of 2.6 million small cars from last decade. That recall is tied to 13 deaths, more than 50 crashes, 4 investigations, a hefty government fine and the firing of 15 employees by CEO Mary Barra.
Speaking of Mary Barra, she inherited a hot mess when she assumed the position of CEO in January 2014 and she is one CEO that is earning every penny of her money. She’s been grilled by congress, dogged by the NHTSA, DOJ, Ambulance chasing attorneys, and a lot of poorly constructed vehicles. She has weathered a lot of storms to this point. The big question is; can she stabilize this behemoth of a company to the point they can be trusted by consumers to put out a safe and reliable vehicle?