Monday, June 16, 2014

Now, I Hate To Pile On, But...

...oh, who am I kidding? When it comes to Government Motors, I *love* to pile on! Stretch sends in yet another recall from the company that was, dare I say it, "too big to fail"...

GM recalls all current Chevy Camaros for possible ignition failure
General Motors has announced that it will recall all current (fifth-generation) Chevrolet Camaro models due to a safety concern with the key and ignition. This includes V6, SS, and ZL1 trims, as well as the new Z/28—a total of 464,712 cars in the United States, and 511,528 in North America at large.

According to GM, this latest recall is due to the discovery that a Camaro “driver’s knee can bump the key FOB and cause the key to inadvertently move out of the “run” position,” an issue that “primarily affect[s] drivers sitting close to the steering column.”
Given that GM has already issued a fairly large recall over ignition problems, it seems rather odd that they're running another one this similar right on the heels. I mean, they've already recalled nearly a million and a half vehicles for bad ignition switches, with stories of accidents caused by the problem abounding. You mean to tell me they didn't go through possible ignition problems in every car when they launched that recall?

Then again, GM currently has recalled over 16 million vehicles this year alone. Now, the recalls stretch back to model years as far as 2003, so it's not like this is endemic to the 2014 model year, but still. Over 16 million vehicles recalled in North America in half a year. I'm really glad we sent them several billion of our tax dollars to help keep them afloat, aren't you?

I mean, imagine if they had gone under - who'd keep the recall-notice-sending people in business? WHO!?!?!?

That is all.

4 comments:

wolfwalker said...

I've owned exactly one GM car - which was a Toyota under the skin - and that was a long time ago. Since then I've never bought a GM car and never intend to. I wouldn't miss the company in the slightest if it had gone under; indeed, I would have snickered cruelly at the union idiots who brought it to pass and not given it another thought.

However...

I must admit this parade of recalls has given me pause for thought. Yes, they show that GM continues to have Big Problems. No other carmaker has had to issue so many BIG recalls so close together. On the other hand... if GM had gone under, who would be finding all these recall items and fixing them?

Dave H said...

Did GM's announcement actually call it a FOB? I thought it was only the small town hicks that run my local gun club that did that. "FOB" (or F.O.B.) means "freight on board" and is a way of specifying who pays for shipping costs. A "fob" is a tag or medallion attached to a key ring or pocket watch to make them easier to handle.

Sorry to rant like that, but ignorant people making public announcements really gets under my skin. That's why I don't watch the news any more.

NotClauswitz said...

Chop-top Camaro? It's a car that on looks alone should be sold by Dodge anyhow.

Stretch said...

Per. 5:30PM news on local radio station the recall in now extended to the 2000 model year.