Let’s not mince words: 2014 was a very dark and unhappy year for General Motors.
The GM defective ignition switch recall issue (which this blog covered in detail over multiple posts) cost the American carmaker billions of dollars and led to a horrendous international publicity headache. Images of GM’s CEO Mary Barra getting grilled by Congress last April did not help matters. And following quickly on the heels of the ignition switch debacle, GM had to handle yet another recall related to exploding Takata airbags (which we also recently discussed). Although GM was not fingered to blame in the airbag recall, the news that its airbags might explode and send metal shrapnel into passengers a la a grenade probably did not exactly burnished the company’s image in the eyes of consumers.
The company had hoped for a fresh start in 2015… but that’s not exactly happening. Last Thursday, GM recalled 92,000 trucks and SUVs for yet another dangerous (separate) manufacturing flaw. In 2014, GM recalled approximately 40 percent of all its vehicles in the U.S. In 2013, it recalled just 757,000 vehicles across 23 campaigns. Although GM has radically changed how it addresses and responds to safety issues – thanks both to internal corporate and external governmental and legal pressure – it may be quite some time before the brand recovers.
This latest recall involved the following vehicles:
· Chevrolet Silverado (2011 – 2012)
· Silverado LD Suburban
· Yukon XL
· Sierra HD
· Sierra LD
· 2015 Cadillac SRX (potential problem with seat track brackets)
· 2015 Chevrolet Silverado
· GMC Sierra 1500 (problem that could break rear axle shaft during operation)
Hopefully, the emotional roller coaster over auto recalls across the nation (and internationally) will subside in 2015. Many auto industry experts are hopeful that things will, indeed, calm down this year. But if you or someone you love suffered an injury in a car or truck crash last year or this year, you may want to speak with a qualified Washington D.C. car accident lawyer with Regan, Zambri & Long today for a free and confidential consultation about your rights and options. Call us now at (202) 753-4272.
Learn more about the Takata airbag fiasco here: Battle Between the National Highway Traffic & Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Japanese Takata Corporation Has Ramifications for Millions of Vehicle Owners