The Wall Street Journal reports, “General Motors Co. (GM) on Friday [Oct. 3] recalled for safety flaws more than 500,000 mostly newer-model vehicles and halted sales of two important new pickups the auto maker just unveiled in an attempt to win back the pickup sales crown from rival Ford Motor Co.”The potentially faulty vehicles were recalled over concerns regarding the air bag manufacturing process, which could have resulted in improperly wired air bags. It’s believed that the air bags in these models may fail to deploy appropriately in the case of a crash.
According to USA Today, “[GM] ordered dealers to stop selling the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks until it fixes an air bag defect that will result in another recall. Dealers have sold only a few dozen of the 2015 midsize trucks.”
Along with the trucks, the automaker will pull several other vehicle types, as well — making these automobiles the most recent in a long line of recalls for the car manufacturer. The current reports follow one of the company’s more difficult cases, which involved vehicle ignition issues.
This deadly detail likely prompted the company to more closely investigate all possible post-production problems (based on the recent press releases issued by GM).
“The latest recalls, which involve Cadillac and Saab SUVs and Chevrolet Spark small cars, bring the number by the No. 1 U.S. automaker to 71 this year, affecting almost 30 million vehicles. The highest profile is the recall of 2.6 million cars with defective ignition switches linked to at least 23 deaths,” Reuters notes.
It’s a topic that has led to a number of negative news stories for the automaker as of late. In addition to the criticism GM has received for its recalls, the company has been condemned for its slow response times when it comes to informing consumers on issues that may impact general vehicle safety.