General Motors announced this month that it will recall 4.3 million cars
with apparent seat belt and airbag defects. The worldwide recall comes
in the wake of one death, though the company has not released details
of the incident.
NY Daily News reports, the automaker has admitted that defect is a software glitch present
in many of its recent car and truck models. The company says that glitch
prevents the airbags from deploying in "rare circumstances when a
crash is preceded by a specific event impacting vehicle dynamics."
The announcement also alluded to a possible issue with the seat belts, as well.
This is the second massive recall GM has announced in two years. In 2014,
the company recalled 2.6 million vehicles over a faulty ignition switch
that lead over a hundred deaths and nearly 300 injuries.
The affected models in GM's latest recall include:
- 2015-17 Chevy Tahoe
- 2015-17 Chevy Silverado HD
- 2015-17 Chevy Suburban
- 2015-17 GMC Yukon
- 2015-17 GMC Yukon XL
- 2015-17 GMC Sierra HD
- 2015-17 Cadillac Escalade
- 2015-17 Cadillac Escalade ESV
- 2014-16 Buick LaCrosse
- 2014-16 Chevy SS
- 2014-16 Chevy Spark EV
- 2014-17 Buick Encore
- 2014-17 GMC Sierra
- 2014-17 Chevy Corvette
- 2014-17 Chevy Trax
- 2014-17 Chevy Caprice
- 2014-17 Chevy Silverado
Major Automakers, Major Recalls
GM's announcement comes as the company has already voiced concern about
its use about the infamous Takata airbags that have plagued the auto industry
and caused the widest auto recall ever implemented. GM did use those Takata
airbags and insists that, if regulators mandate a recall of their vehicles,
the company could lose up to $550 million dollars.
With record-breaking recalls and automakers wringing their hands over their
bottom lines, consumers need to be vigilant about the safety of their
vehicle and their access to the parts and repairs that they need. With
these multi-million vehicle recalls, we have now seen automakers struggle
to supply their dealers with the resources they need to remedy the defect,
putting many consumers in an unfortunate, even dangerous waiting game.
If you have experienced resistance in receiving the recall repairs your
vehicle needs, then your consumer rights may be protected under California's
lemon law. At
Norman Taylor & Associates, our California lemon law attorneys have more than 50 years of combined
legal experience. We know what it takes to assert a lemon law claim and
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