Thursday, March 6, 2014

Just FILLED With Confidence...

Yeah, about that awesome new Corvette? Ain't gonna happen. EVER. Even if I win the lottery.

NHTSA to GM: Have you been hiding something?
U.S. safety regulators are demanding that General Motors turn over reams of documents and other data showing what the company knew, and when, about a dangerous ignition problem that has been linked to 13 car-crash deaths.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating how GM handled the problem, which triggered the recall of 1.6 million older-model compact cars worldwide. GM has acknowledged it knew of the ignition troubles a decade ago but didn't recall the cars until last month.
Now, the ignition trouble is that, apparently, heavy keychains or particularly rough roads could make the ignition fall out of the "Run" position into "Off." This essentially means that steering, brakes, and safety equipment are non-functional - or that you need to put a LOT of muscle into steering and stopping the vehicle. Not something I'd want to deal with at speed.

This isn't a new phenomenon, mind you. I had a GMC Jimmy in the 1980s that would stall out if the temperature dropped below 50ºF or you looked at it funny. I rolled into a mail truck once after getting a windshield replaced because as I backed out of the garage, the Jimmy stalled, and while I frantically clawed at the steering wheel and stood--both feet--on the brake pedal, it kept rolling. Fortunately, this was in the days of real steel bumpers and neither vehicle was damaged...

What's scary, though, is that GM knew about the issue and did nothing. This was the GM pre-buyout, and they're claiming that things are different now, but I'd be curious to know how many people were fired over this. If it was non-union execs, I'll bet a few low-level managers lost their jobs, but little else changed. Given that two out of the three brands affected have been phased out, I wouldn't be surprised to find out that they simply shifted people around from brand to brand.

At least those union workers are safe...

That is all.


Roger said...

Why should Government Motors be different from Government US?
they both lie, obfuscate, stonewall and hide the truth from the public that pays them.

LCB said...

OK...then buy ME one if you hit the lottery! hahahahaha

B said...

Yeah, but really...13 out of how many cars?

You can still steer'em, and you still have brakes. (If at somewhat reduced capacity).

If you can't deal with a sudden engine stoppage, then you shouldn't be driving.

Will said...

I recall in my highschool days we had a '60 Chrysler Crown Imperial that had full power steering and brakes. The 413 engine had a fuel flow problem. Stomp on it, and it would quickly empty the 4bbl carb's float chamber. So, after accelerating hard, total stall. Best hope you were going in a straight line, as trying to muscle that hydraulic steering system was a losing cause.

To further enliven your driving pleasure, you would then have ONE shot with the brakes. If you let off the pedal pressure, and tried to reapply the brakes, good luck!

IIRC, the problem was a partially blocked fuel filter.

Very comfortable car for cruising the highways. I recall one pheasant hunting trip to the boonies that had us returning a bit late. I had it running over 100mph on the PA Turnpike, and in between scanning the road and mirrors, I would look at the fuel gauge. It seemed to drop every time I looked at it. The fact that the carb secondaries were open may have had something to do with it! (Gas was about $.30/gal, a lot of money then.) Think it held about 30 gal.