Kyle Johnson
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Latest GM Recall: 490K Trucks and SUVs, 172K Cruzes

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The latest recall of a combined 662,000 GM-made vehicle brings the total number of vehicles recalled in March to 4.8 million.

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The 2014 Chevy Silverado is one of the latest models to be recalled by GM in March.

To General Motors, vehicle recalls for safety-related issues may well be the equivalent of Pringles: “Once you pop, you can’t stop.” Except in this case, their reward is not the salty goodness of potato chips, but rather the confidence that the survival of their empire may well depend on how they handle the mess that have made for themselves (Pringles, as you well know, don’t leave a greasy mess).

On Friday night, General Motors followed up the announcement that they would recall the remaining 824,000 Chevy Cobalts, Saturn Ions, and Pontiac G5s not previously accounted for in the ignition switch recall by recalling another 662,000 trucks, SUVs, and Cruzes.

According to Automotive News, this latest GM recall concerns 490,000 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups and 2015 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs. The models are being recalled due to a potential transmission line like that could result in a fire. Somewhere in Anaheim, California, a relieved couple is reading about this latest recall and saying, “Gee, ya think?”

As expected, GM is also recalling 172,000 turbocharged 2013-2014 Cruze models in order to replace a right front axle half shaft that can fracture and separate without warning during normal driving. This—and feel free to sing it with me here; you know the words—could result in an increased risk of crashes and injuries.

The stop-sale order issued by GM on Thursday will cease and Cruze sales will resume once dealers can inspect the vehicles’ half shaft and make the repairs necessary. For any other automaker, a mandatory cease-sale order that takes your best-selling model out of showrooms for a matter of days sounds disastrous. For GM, it’s just another day in March.

This latest GM recall brings the total number to 4.8 million units called back in March. While the seemingly incessant barrage of recalls cannot be deemed a good thing for public perception, the moves definitely coincide with General Motors’ CEO Mary Barra’s pledge to “redouble” efforts after her company’s vehicles were found to be at least partially responsible for the deaths of no fewer than 12 people.

 

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    Kyle S. Johnson lives in Cincinnati, a city known by many as "the Cincinnati of Southwest Ohio." He enjoys professional wrestling, Halloween, and also other things. He has been writing for a while, and he plans to continue to write well into the future. See more articles by Kyle.

  • Ron Mullen

    I purchased nothing but GM for 50 years. After a GM car and a GM pickup with excessive problems, I have purchased Lexus and Toyota and found that there are cars and trucks built that don’t have problems. I should thank GM for allowing me to find vehicles that don’t have so many quality issues.

  • EDWARD SIEGEL

    BY/FROM FORMER “COBALT”(Ph.D.-THESIS/MSU/1970)-EXPERT-G.M./FORD/WESTINGHOUSE PHYSICIST/ENGINEER
    G.M.’S/DELCO’S (& FORD’S & CHRYSLER’S & TOYOTAS &…
    THE WHOLE AUTO INDUSTRY’S!!!
    [& AEROSPACE-INDUSTRY’S:
    B O E I N G:
    COMMERCIAL: 787-“DREAM”/NIGHTMARE(!!!)LINER(OF Li-ION BATTERY IN-FAMY!!!, MALAYSIA-AIR 767(NOW “666”!!!] IN-FAMY!!!; …; AIRBUS: …;
    & MILITARY:
    BOEING, LOCKHEED-MARTIN, NORTHRUP-GRUMMAN,…)
    T H E V E R Y – L O N G – T E R M R E C A L L PROBLEMS ROOT-CAUSE ULTIMATE-ORIGIN WAS TOO-OFTEN
    THEN(1960s-1980s-1990s) AND IS STILL NOW ONGOING(2000s):
    NOT JUST “SWITCHES”,
    BUT THEIR/SWITCHES’ INITIATORS,
    aka (PRESSURE) S E N S O R S, THAT CAN/DO/MUST
    TRIGGER/ACTIVATE/INITIATE ANY/ALL SWITCHES,
    MOST ESPECIALLY
    FRED KAVLI’S(RIP)
    K A V L I C O’S!!! (MOORPARK, CA.),
    [NOW OWNED BY FRANCE’S SCHNEIDER-ELECTRIC]:
    PRESSURE-SENSORSACCELEROMETERS (FAR INFERIOR TO ENDEVCO’S!!!),
    ALSO(AT VARIOUS GTIMES OVER VARIOUS DECADES)
    THERMAL/I.R., OPTICAL, MAGNETIC, RADIATION, …!!!
    KAVLI WENT ON TO BECOME A BILLIONAIRE AND FOUNDED THE KAVLI FOUNDATION(PRESIDENT: FMR. UCSD DEAN/PROFESSOR/DR/ NUCLEAR-ENGINEER/”PHYSICIST”) ROBERT CONN(AKA “CONJOB-BOB”), OXNARD, CA.) WHICH HAS AWARDED $$$ MILLIONS TO MANY UNIVERSITIES (EXAMPLE: UC SANTA BARBARA’S KAVLI INSTITUTE FOR THEORETICAL PHYSICS (KITP.ORG) AMONG LITERALLY DOZENS AND DOZENS AT: UCSD, UCI, UCR, MIT, HARVARD ETC. ETC,. ETC. …) BUT LITERALLY QUITE POSSIBLY AUTO-PURCHASERS’/ OWNERS’DRIVERS’PASSENGERS’/VICTIMS’ “BLOOD MONEY”,
    NO DOUBT FOUNDED AND FUNDED UPON THE INJURIES/GRAVES OF THE INJURED/DECEASED IN NEEDLESS AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS DUE TO MANY MANY TYPES IN MANY MANY APPLICATIONS KAVLI KAVLICO SENSORS’
    GENERIC ENDEMIC EXTANT ONGOING SYSTEMIC MALFUNCTIONING
    FOR SOME AT LEAST FOUR DECADES NOW!!!
    HOW DID KAVLI GET HIS MANY VARIOUS KAVLICO SENSORS TYPES SO WIDELY ACCEPTED???:
    EL CHEAPO MASS PRODUCTION
    LED TO
    EL CHEAPO MASS MARKETING
    LED TO
    EL CHEAPO MASS SALES
    (AT REDUCED PRICES UNDERSELLING HIS ONCE MANY COMPETITORS)
    LED TO
    EL CHEAPO COMPLETE LACK OF
    QUALITY-CONTROL(QC)/ QUALITY-ASSURANCE(QA)

    [SOME POSSIBLY CORROBORATING NAMES(IF STILL ALIVE!!!???:
    G.M.: DR. HARMON NINE(FRASER, MI.), STEVEN BABCOCK(LAST SEEN AT ATOMICS INTERNATIONAL, L.A.AREA); WILLIAM ISBELL(LAST SEEN AT LLNL BUT RETIRED BACK TO SANTA BARBARA); ALLEN MACMILLAN(ROCHESTER, MI.); DOUGLAS CHRISTMAN(ROCHESTER, MI.), FREDERICK SCHIERLOH, PETER HOCHSTEIN(!!!), HERBERT SHIPMAN(LAST SEEN IN SALT LAKE CITY); CHARLES WHITCHURCH, DAVID ROESSLER , DR./PROF. SIEGFRIED HECKER(LAST SEEN AS DIRECTOR OF LANL, THEN TO STANFORD UNIVERSITY), DONALD KOISTENEN, DR. BRIAN TAYLOR(BROWN UNIVERSITY ALUMNUS); DR. CHARLES BRUGGEMAN(UC-BERKELEY ALUMNUS); MICHAEL SHMENK(LAST SEEN MOVING OVER TO DAMLER-MERCEDES-BENZ IN GERMANY), ISIDORE HODES(CHIEF ENGINEER EMERITUS, G.M. MANUFACTURING STAFF), EDWARD COLE(G. M.PRESIDENT-EMERITUS), CHARLES VEST(MIT PRESIDENT-EMERITUS; CHAIRMAN-EMERITUS, NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING), COLIN MAIDEN, CHANCELLOR-EMERITUS, UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND(NEW ZEALAND), SIDNEY GREEN (FONDER/CHAIRMAN, TERRATEK, NOW SCHLUMBERGER/TERRATEK(SALT LAKE CITY)
    [& LAST BUT NOT HARDLY LEAST, FMR. ATTY. MICHAEL YOUNG ESQ., THEN PRESIDENT, UNIVERSITY OF UTAH,
    NOW PRESIDENT UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON,
    KNOWS A L O T ABOUT SUCH SENSOR PROBLEMS,
    MOST ESPECIALLY IN VIS A VIS JAPAN’S AUTOCOMPANIES VERSUS IN COMPETITORS U.S. AUTO COMPANIES!!!]

    BEFORE I JOINED THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY
    (WESTINGHOUSE THEN PSEG THEN IAEA THEN ABB THEN ICTP=IAEA)
    I SPENT SEVERAL YEARS AT:
    MANUFACTURING-STAFF/G.M. TECH-CENTER, WARREN, MICHIGAN
    AND
    FORD MOTOR COMPANY SCIENTIFIC-LABORATORIES/SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH STAFF, DEARBORN, MICHIGAN,
    AND
    MY EX-WIFE AS AN ENGINEER AT CHRYSLER.

    EVEN THEN (1960s-1980s) SENSORS DUTY-CYCLES FATIGUE LIFE-CURTAILMENT WAS A MAJOR ISSUE
    [EXPERTS: PROF. ALAN WIDOM/PHYSICS/NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY; A UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA PROFESSOR LONG VERY TURKISH NAME WHO HAS PUBLISHED WHOLE ENCYCLOPEDIAS OF RELIBILITY THEORY AND EXPERIMENTS OF LITERALLY ANYTHING/EVERYTHING, MOST EPECIALLY SENSORS!!!]
    THAT BOTH FORD AND G.M. AND CHRYSLER SWEPT UNDER THE RUG ROUTINELY!!!

    [INTERESTINGLY ONE MAJOR PREPERTRATOR AT FORD WAS SENIOR ENGINEERING V.P. BALMER, THE FATHER OF UNTIL RECENTLY MICROSOFT CEO STEVE BALMER, HE WHO PERSONALLY BROUGHT YOU THE TWIN DELIGHTS OF: THE WINDOWS-EIGHT HORROR-SHOW AND THE WINDOWS-XP SUPPORT-CESSATION HORROR-SHOW IMMINENTLY TO-COME NEXT WEEK ON 4/7/14, A DISASTER FOR MANY BUSINESSES INCLUDING MOST ATMS!!!]