GM Makes a Solid Run at Recalling Every Car It’s Ever Made

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
July 23 2014 6:48 PM

With Latest Recall, GM Makes a Solid Run at Recalling Every Car It’s Ever Made

149298814-cadillac-ats-goes-through-production-on-the-assembly

Welcome to your monthly General Motors recall update. General Motors, you’ll recall, is an American automaker. It sells people cars and then—as it was again shown on Wednesday—it takes those cars back from their owners. GM’s latest effort to look as much like Meineke as automotively possible came as the company announced another six safety recalls covering nearly 718,000 vehicles in the U.S. “The problems ranged from a broken screw that could cause front seats to move up and down freely to problems with some welds to problems with the power steering,” CNN reports.

GM says the recall was prompted by two crashes and several injuries, but there have been no deaths stemming from the defects. It’s a testament to GM’s dwindling reputation as a maker of cars that such recalls have become ho-hum. After all, the company has already recalled 29 million cars worldwide this year, with 25.7 million of those occurring in the U.S.—including millions with faulty ignition switches linked to 13 deaths and 54 crashes. That’s more than all of the recalled vehicles by every car company in the world combined last year. And it’s not just the jalopies, GM’s even making new cars that don’t really work. “Most of GM's recalls this year have been for older models, but many of the recalls announced Wednesday are for current-model vehicles, including about 57,000 Chevrolet Impala sedans from the 2014 model year for the loss of power steering,” Reuters reports. “The latest recalls hit GM's best-selling vehicles, the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks, from the 2014-2015 model years.”

Advertisement

In a release announcing the recall, GM tried to put a positive spin on the whole thing. “These recalls signify how we’ve enhanced our approach to safety,” said Jeff Boyer, vice president, Global Vehicle Safety. “We are bringing greater rigor and discipline to our analysis and decision making. If we identify an issue – large or small – that might affect the safety of our customers, we will act decisively.” Apparently, they don’t test drive the cars before they sell them.

You can check out the full list of recalled cars and trucks here.

Elliot Hannon is a writer in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter.

TODAY IN SLATE

War Stories

The Right Target

Why Obama’s airstrikes against ISIS may be more effective than people expect.

The One National Holiday Republicans Hope You Forget

It’s Legal for Obama to Bomb Syria Because He Says It Is

I Stand With Emma Watson on Women’s Rights

Even though I know I’m going to get flak for it.

Should You Recline Your Seat? Two Economists Weigh In.

Doublex

It Is Very, Very Stupid to Compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice

Or, why it is very, very stupid to compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice.

Building a Better Workplace

In Defense of HR

Startups and small businesses shouldn’t skip over a human resources department.

Why Is This Mother in Prison for Helping Her Daughter Get an Abortion?

Use Facebook to Reconnect With Old Friends, Share Photos, and Serve People With Legal Papers

  News & Politics
Foreigners
Sept. 23 2014 6:40 PM Coalition of the Presentable Don’t believe the official version. Meet America’s real allies in the fight against ISIS.
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 23 2014 2:08 PM Home Depot’s Former Lead Security Engineer Had a Legacy of Sabotage
  Life
Outward
Sept. 23 2014 1:57 PM Would a Second Sarkozy Presidency End Marriage Equality in France?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 23 2014 2:32 PM Politico Asks: Why Is Gabby Giffords So “Ruthless” on Gun Control?
  Slate Plus
Political Gabfest
Sept. 23 2014 3:04 PM Chicago Gabfest How to get your tickets before anyone else.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 23 2014 4:45 PM Why Is Autumn the Only Season With Two Names?
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 23 2014 5:36 PM This Climate Change Poem Moved World Leaders to Tears Today
  Health & Science
Science
Sept. 23 2014 4:33 PM Who Deserves Those 4 Inches of Airplane Seat Space? An investigation into the economics of reclining.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 23 2014 7:27 PM You’re Fired, Roger Goodell If the commissioner gets the ax, the NFL would still need a better justice system. What would that look like?