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The recalls are still coming from General Motors, with the latest affecting 581,367 vehicles driving the total number of recalled GM products in 2014 to 16.4 million in North America.
General Motors has announced that 15 employees have been fired from the company because of their actions related to the ignition switch recall.
General Motors has released a full list of all the recalls it has issued thus far in 2014 which reveals that the total number of cars affected worldwide is sitting at 15.8 million.
The onslaught of product recalls from General Motors has already seen 13.8 million vehicles called back in the U.S., but the American automaker isn’t done yet.
General Motors has agreed to pay a fine of $35 million to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for delaying a recall of 2.6 million vehicles
General Motors is taking no chances these days with safety after the ignition switch switch debacle and has announced a new set of recalls that affects 2.7 million vehicles.
As if fire risks and faulty ignition switches weren’t enough, General Motors is now calling back more cars for a completely separate issue.
With the massive recall recently announced over General Motors’ ignition switch issue, the government safety agency overseeing the investigation is under scrutiny as to why a similar recall hasn’t been issued for the Saturn Ion’s power steering failures.
GM is working to convince customers that it does value safety in the wake of a large recall, and a new position has been created to reinforce that.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has sent General Motors a 27-page letter containing 107 questions requesting information to further its inquest on whether or not GM waited too long to recall 1.6 million vehicles.
General Motors has taken on a new purchasing contract that allows the company to recover costs spent on safety recalls from suppliers that provided defective components.
From viewing the news over the last 12 months you’d be forgiven for thinking that 2010 was the year that automotive recalls broke records, and indeed the 2010 total was higher by about some 800,000 vehicles over 2009.
Toyota‘s highly publicized woes, including hearings before congress, fueled much of recall ‘mania’ in 2010, while a number of other automakers, including Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda and Nissan, also issued a number of bulletins. Yet, despite a total of 136 separate recall programs, spread across 17.2 million vehicles, 2010 still wasn’t a record year. By contrast, back in 2000, a total of 24.3 million vehicles were recalled for defects, most notably first generation Ford Explorers for the Firestone tire blow-out fiasco.
However, getting back to 2010, out of the total 17.2 million vehicles, according to Ward’s Auto World, Toyota still led the way, with some 17 separate recalls covering 6.6 million vehicles. Also, according to Ward’s the Japanese automaker is still only 65 percent done with repairing the 5.6 million cars, vans and light trucks recalled in 2010 for faulty floormats.
[Source: Ward's Auto World]