Early this morning, General Motors announced five separate recalls, affecting roughly 2.7 million Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Pontiac, and Saturn vehicles from the 2004 to 2015 model years. One of the recalls is so serious that GM has asked owners to stop driving the vehicles immediately.Spanning 11 years, affecting nearly 3 million cars, some so severe the cars shouldn't even be operated. While we've been told, over and over, that the bailout was necessary, that GM was too big to fail, blah blah blah; what we're NOT seeing is *ANY* sort of change in the modus operandi that would indicate GM is doing A DAMNED THING to prevent this from happening going forward.
Given the size and scope of the recalls, it appears that GM is working to nip these issues in the bud and avoid high-profile problems like the current "Switchgate" fiasco. Jeff Boyer, GM's vice president of Global Vehicle Safety, confirms that hunch: "We have redoubled our efforts to expedite and resolve current reviews in process and also have identified and analyzed recent vehicle issues which require action. These are examples of our focus to surface issues quickly and promptly take necessary actions in the best interest of our customers."
Of the recalls, 3 out of 5 affect cars made after the bailout. Granted, the numbers are smaller - but the recalls are more severe. Brakes not working. Wipers not working. STEERING NOT WORKING. GM has had recall issues for quite some time now, and yet in the past two years have put out a whole bunch of models with significant defects. Yeah, that was $22 billion well spent.
At least with the Big Dig we got a hole in the ground and a car wash...
That is all.