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General Motors is predominantly know as one of the “Big Three” automotive companies of the United States. Along with Ford and Chrysler, GM has been known to provide great service in the nation as well as high quality vehicles. Recently however, GM has not lived up to their status and has let major downfall come their way. General Motors recalled another 3.5 million vehicles within the United States that in turn summed up to millions of dollars in repairs. The total recalled cars for 2014 comes close to a near 18 million cars that has faced mechanical problems from General Motors.
Gm states that the problem with these vehicles reside in the ignition switch. They blame the key design within these models for the cars that cause problems with the initial turn over of the engine. In the vehicles, the ignition switch have not been able to handle the extra weight hanging on a slotted key. As a result, GM stated that they would replace ignition keys on certain 2014 models. Repairs for this problems involves a plastic insert that fills the open slot in the key cover and leaves a small hole for ignition.
Additional vehicles have been recalled for other problems. Certain 213-2014 Cadillac ATS and CTS models have automatic transmissions where the shifter cable can come loose from a bracket and prevent the driver from shifting in or out of drive. Certain 2015 Silverados, 3500’s, and Sierras face matting problems which cause shifting within the cabin. These mats were not properly secured and have no attachments to hold them in place. GM had no repair for this problem and customers demanded a full refund.
And last but not least, the Competition Sport seats in the 2014 Corvette Stingray have side airbags that can injure small children if a crash were to occur. The airbag vent can be blocked by the door trim and in turn unbelt a child. The airbag will be replaced with an updated version and no injuries have been reported, but customers are advised not to put children in the passenger seat until their cars have been serviced.
We hope that problems that GM vehicles face can be quickly resolved and that Gm takes the necessary steps to prevent this from happening again in the future.
GM 2014 year-to-date North American Recalls
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