In the last 6 months alone, GM has issued a total of 44 recalls known to affect more than 20 million cars nationwide.
General Motors is one of the top selling automobile manufacturers in the U.S. On any given day, a variety of GM cars can be seen flooding America's roadways. But within the last 12 months, the car maker has come under scrutiny after issuing numerous recalls. In the last 6 months alone, GM has recalled more than 20 million cars nationwide because of various auto defects. Sadly, many of these recalls have caused injury and even death to drivers and passengers.
Ignition switch defects
The most widespread recall involves defective ignition switches.
Drivers of various GM vehicles indicate that their vehicle engines spontaneously shut off while in operation. An investigation determined that faulty ignition switches were causing the problem, easily moving out of place if the vehicle experienced a jarring event or if the driver's keys were too heavy. This is problematic because if the vehicle engine shuts off, so does the power system. If, for instance, power steering is lost, a driver will lose control of the vehicle.
To date, GM has recalled roughly 3 million vehicles (all manufactured between 2000 and 2014) suspected of having defective ignition switches. The most recent recalls involve the following GM models:
- Buick Lacrosse (2005-2009 models)
- Chevrolet Impala (2006-2014 models)
- Cadillac Deville (2000-2005 models)
- Cadillac DTS (2004-2011 models)
- Buick Lucerne (2006-2011 models)
- Buick Regal LS & GS (2004-2005 models)
- Chevy Monte Carlo (2006-2008 models)
Other GM recalls
The recall relating to the ignition switch defect is the most widespread, but the auto maker has in fact issued a total of 44 different recalls in 2014 alone. They include:
- Known fractures of the transmission shift cable adjuster in the 2014 Buick Enclave, LaCrosse, Regal, and Verano
- Known fractures of the transmission turbine shaft in the 2012 Chevy Sonic
- Problems with overheated exhaust components in the 2014 Chevy Silverado and 2014 GMC Sierra full-size pickups
- Inaccurate fuel gauges of the 2014 Chevy Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave
- Issues with the seat belt retractor in the Saab 9-3 convertible (models manufactured 2004-2011)
And this list goes on and on. And, unfortunately, additional recalls are still expected to be announced sometime this summer.
It's unknown just how many accidents these manufacturing defects have caused, but legal recourse is available for those injured as a result. Speaking with a lawyer knowledgeable with auto defect litigation is advised. A lawyer can offer options as they pertain to individual circumstances.