GM recalls another 1.5 million vehicles
Still smarting from controversy involving a faulty ignition switch, General Motors announced three new recalls involving another 1.5 million vehicles.
The biggest of Monday's recalls affects 1.2 million of its popular crossover SUV models that need to have the wiring for their seat-mounted side airbags fixed. The models involved are the 2008-13 Buick Enclave and the GMC Acadia, along with the 2009-13 Chevrolet Traverse and the 2008-2010 Saturn Outlook.
One-and-a-half million vehicles. At this point, it kinda makes you wonder, doesn't it? I mean, the cost of running the recalls - both in terms of the money needed to announce the recall, pay for repairs, etc. as well as the hits to credibility and reputation have got to be exceeding whatever savings GM has gotten from cutting corners. And I'm still trying to understand why the Chevy alone didn't have this same issue in 2008. Isn't it the same vehicle with different cladding? The only thing I can think of is that perhaps the 2008 Traverse didn't offer the side airbags. I thought the vehicles were otherwise identical.
Now, honestly, this is a small thing. It's a warning light and, if ignored, could lead to problems in the future. I'm struggling to see why this is worth a recall - if you ignore the "Check Engine Light" and it's on because your oxygen sensor needs replacing, and you don't replace it, well , it could lead to problems in the future as well. Yes, the wiring should last and not lead to the light going on, but if you ignore it, well, that's something you need to take charge of. (Mental note: I need to get one of those code readers for the Earthf**ker. Nothing wrong now, but why wait?)
It's the death of a thousand cuts, though. They didn't properly wire a safety component, that's the bottom line. Whether it was done on the cheap, or simply in a manner than didn't work is immaterial - the hit to credibility, especially in the wake of a recall that lead to deaths, is yet another nail in the coffin. This was a company that was "too big to fail", so we threw several billion dollars of taxpayer money at them. And the end result is that they went back to the same tired way of doing things that had them on the brink of insolvency.
Then again, when you remove all penalties for underperforming, why change?
That is all.