GM Recalls Buick Enclave, Chevy Traverse, GMC Acadia SUVsFebruary 10, 2015
A new GM recall announcement stated that 2015 models of the Buick Enclave, Chevy Traverse, and GMC Acadia sport utility vehicles were under a safety recall due to faulty tires. The GM recall stems from reports that the treads on the Goodyear Fortera HL tires could crack. A study from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration showed that the tire treads could fall apart, causing the tire to lose pressure and forcing a blowout.
Faulty Tires Force New GM Recall
According to a press release announcing the GM recall, the notice covers vehicles manufactured starting on December 9, 2014. The Buick Enclave recall covers vehicles made up until January 14, 2015. The Chevrolet Traverse recall covers vehicles made up until January 15, 2015. The GMC Acadia recall covers vehicles made up until January 16, 2015. Each of the vehicles were equipped with Goodyear P255/65R18 Fortera HL tires. Laboratory tests showed that the tires failed to meet federal safety standards, which forced the company to issue the GM recall.
Ignition Switch-Related GM Recall Death Toll At 52
The number of approved death claims stemming from last year’s GM recall on faulty ignition switches now stands at 52. The GM recall stemmed from reports of ignition switches that would move from the “ON” position to the “ACC” position when the switch assembly was bumped. The move from “ON” to “ACC” would cause the vehicle to lose power, including to the power steering, power brakes and airbag deployment systems. Without these systems, drivers were more likely to be involved in crashes that could lead to serious injuries or fatalities.
Thousands Affected By GM Recalls
The deadline for filing GM recall claims expired January 31, but the company’s compensation fund expects to continue processing claims until well into the spring months. The company has received more than 4,200 death and injury claims related to the GM recall on ignition switches. The claims have been categorized into 462 death claims, 282 “Category One” injury claims, and nearly 3,500 “Category Two” injury claims. Category One claims include paraplegia, quadriplegia, traumatic brain injury or extensive burns. Category Two claims include injuries in which patients were admitted to a hospital within 48 hours of an accident.
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