GM Truck Recall Includes Pickups, SUVsJuly 7, 2014
Last week, General Motors announced a recall on more than 500,000 vehicles, including some of its best-selling full-size pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles. The GM truck recall stems from a mechanical flaw that can make the vehicle suddenly switch into neutral. The vehicles under the newest GM truck recall, including nearly 400,000 in the U.S. alone, are among the company’s most popular vehicles and helped the auto giant rebound from the 2008 recession and GM’s subsequent bankruptcy.
Vehicles Included in GM Truck Recall
The models included in the GM truck recall include the 2015 versions of the Chevy Tahoe, Suburban and Silverado, as well as the GMC Sierra, Yukon and Yukon XL. The 2014 versions of the GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado pickup trucks are also included in the GM truck recall. The GM truck recall is the latest in a round of GM recalls which will cost the company at least $2 billion in repairs and several millions more in potential GM truck recall lawsuits.
Issues Behind GM Truck Recall
The issue that brought about the GM truck recall stems from incidents in which the four-wheel drive system could switch into neutral without warning or any action taken by the driver. Although the engine would keep running, the system failure would cut power to the wheels. A GM press release stated that, if the driver failed to set the emergency brake, a parked vehicle with this problem could roll away and get into an accident.
Driver Complaints Spur GM Truck Recall
Drivers have submitted complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which in part spurred the GM truck recall. A driver submitted a report in January stating that the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 he was driving “roll(ed) backward when parked on an incline and the transmission is in park”. The driver of a rented 2014 Chevy Silverado pickup stated that the truck’s power failed as she was driving at 40 miles per hour on a busy highway.
Automaker Faces Latest GM Truck Recall
The GM truck recall becomes the latest problem facing the troubled automaker. This year alone, GM expects to recall more than 20 million vehicles. Last month, the company announced a recall of its popular line of Chevy Cruze sedans after reports of failures in the car’s airbag deployment system. The biggest and most controversial GM recall stems from troubles with the company’s Chevy Cobalt sedans. More than a dozen deaths and over 50 injuries have been attributed to a flaw in the vehicle’s ignition system.
Source: New York Times
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