As if the publicity couldn’t get worse for financially beleaguered
auto making giant General Motors, the company announced two separate auto
recalls last week. GM is recalling about 1,738 2009 Hummer H3T’s
because of a problem with the front support strap of the vehicle’s
fuel tank. In the event that the strap becomes fractured, the 27-gallon
tank could separate from the vehicle and potentially cause amotor vehicle accident.
In a much larger recall, GM announced that it is calling back approximately 277,000 passenger vehicles and light trucks because of a problem with the gear that could cause some of the cars to begin rolling away after they are parked. The car manufacturer and the NHTSA say a flaw in the transmission cable system could prevent the gears from fully engaging and make a car appear to be in park mode when in fact, it is not. Investigators say this defect could also explain the warranty complaints that have been filed regarding certain GM motor vehicles that wouldn’t start up again once the vehicle gear had been placed in park.
GM vehicles affected by the recall are all 2009 models and include the Buick Enclave, the Chevrolet HHR, Cobalt, Traverse, and Malibu, the GMC Acadia, the Pontiac G5 and G6, and the Saturn Outlook and Aura. To date, there are no reports of injuries or deaths related to this recall. Fortunately, most of these recalled vehicles are still at dealerships and only about 75,000 others were purchased.
Even with the problems thrust upon them by the financial crisis and their need to cut jobs and obtain loans from the government to stay in business, auto manufacturers must make sure that their vehicles are safe for consumers. In January, Toyota Motor Corp. announced the recall of 1.3 million motor vehicles internationally because of a defect that could cause the foam pad located near the seat belt to catch on fire during motor vehicle crashes because the mechanism that is supposed to tighten the seat belt emits a certain gas. 134,900 Yaris subcompacts (2006 and 2007) models sold in the US were part of the recall.
A vehicle with an auto defect can result in serious injuries for vehicle occupants and other motorists and pedestrians. Unfortunately, many recalls don’t happen until after a consumer has reported a problem, which means a motor vehicle crash may have already happened before the defect could be remedied.
Global Recall by Toyota; Affects 1.35 Million Cars, Huliq News, January 2009
GM Recalls Hummer H3T Because Gas Tank Could Fall Off, Gas2.org, March 15, 2009
GM recalls more than 276,000 vehicles for gear fix, Reuters, February 13, 2009
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