In 2014, there have already been close to 23 million vehicles recalled in West Virginia and across the nation. The most the auto industry has ever seen in recalls was close to 21 million back in 2004. It appears that number may be surpassed this year with even more auto defects on the horizon, including an airbag issue with General Motors.
We’ve discussed General Motors recalls particularly in regard to their defective ignition switch (“West Virginia drivers may be unsafe on roads due to auto defect,” March 8, 2014). In fact, GM is currently facing nearly 80 lawsuits of damages as much as $10 billion. Now it appears that GM is recalling even more vehicles for four separate issues.
The first recall is for just over 1,400 Cadillac Escalade SUVs and ESVs in regard to the airbag for the front passenger side of the vehicle. Apparently, it was not fastened properly and may not fully deploy in the event of an accident. The second recall refers to more than 1.3 million 2009-2014 GMC Acadias, Buick Enclaves and Chevrolet Traverses and 2000-2010 Saturn Outlook SUVs. This is due to an issue with the front seat belt cable.
The third recall is actually an expanded recall that was initially made April 29 in regard to the breaking of a shift cable, which has already resulted in 18 accidents. It is for more than one million 2004-2008 Chevrolet Malibus, Chevrolet Malibu Maxxes and Pontiac G6 sedans. The fourth recall is for GMC Sierras and Chevrolet Silverado HD trucks, as they can possibly catch on fire if the clip fails to keep the fuse block in place.
It is clear that 2014 has been a horrendous year for the auto industry. However, it has also been damaging for consumers, particularly those who have been injured or have lost a loved one due to an auto defect, such as an airbag. When one is injured due to an auto defect, one does have legal rights and may be able to pursue a liability claim against the manufacturer for potentially allowing a vehicle on the market with defective parts.
Source: Los Angeles Times, “GM issues 4 more recalls, affecting 2.42 million vehicles“, David Undercoffler, May 20, 2014