The recall problems for General Motors apparently have finally reached the top of the line, but maybe that’s a good thing.
This week’s announcement that GM plans to issue two more recalls (according to stop-delivery orders sent to dealers Thursday) on the hot-selling 2015 Chevrolet Corvette means the company really is paying much closer attention to safety than perhaps it did in the past.
In the past, would these two problems have been pushed under the rug to be dealt with in future years?
According to multiple sources on the Internet, one of which sourced a GM spokesman, the recalls – not formally announced publicly – concern problems with airbags and parking brake cables on about 2,800 Corvettes, though very few have been sold to customers.
The airbag recall includes about 2,000 Corvettes, many of which remain at the assembly plant in Bowling Green. The notice explains that the driver’s airbag in the cars could separate from the steering wheel in the event of a collision, increasing the potential for injuries. Parts are not yet available to fix the airbag, which will be replaced with a revised model by dealers when available.
The recall for the parking brake apparently affects about 800 Corvettes, with 700 of them already delivered to dealers.
The GM spokesman said in this case, one of the rear parking brake cables is not fully seated and engaged, which means the parking brake will work on only one of the rear brake drums, making it more possible for the car to potentially roll away if parked on a steep hill and making the car in violation of federal rollaway-vehicle rules.
The Stop Sale Order reads:
Certain 2015 model year Chevrolet Corvettes may fail to conform to S7.12 of Federal/Canada Motor Vehicle Standard (CMVSS/FMVSS) 135 (parking brake). Some of these vehicles have been built without one of the rear parking brake cables fully seated and engaged. In this condition, the parking brake will only operate on one of the rear brake drums leading to a reduction in the parking brake’s operational capability. This reduction in operational capability may cause the vehicle to roll away if parked on a steep gradient, which would render a vehicle noncompliant with CMVSS/FMVSS 135 and increase the risk of a crash.
The Corvette recalls mean that GM has recalled more than 29 million of its vehicles this year, a safety review that began with the recall of 2.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts, Saturn Ions, and other small cars after faulty ignition switches may have been connected to at least 13 deaths and 54 wrecks.
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