As the new year 2015 revs up auto makers continue to struggle with quality control issues. This is evidenced by the recent announcement that GM is recalling 92,221 full-sized trucks and SUV’s for a defect that causes the ignition lock actuators to stick in hot conditions.
According to GM if stuck in start,” the ignition may suddenly snap back into the ‘accessory’ position, causing a loss of engine, steering, and braking power, increasing the risk of vehicle crash. If the vehicle is in a crash, the air bags may not deploy, increasing the risk of occupant injury.” No crashes or injuries have been reported do to this problem. Unlike last years recall of 2.6 million small cars for defective ignition switches that were linked to 42 deaths and 58 injuries. GM is still reeling from having to pay compensation for these deaths as well as $2.5 billion for the recall itself.
Written by James P. Nevin