The reign of Mary Barra at General Motors will forever be remembered as the great recall era. They still haven’t figured out completely what to with the ignition switch debacle that has caused numerous fatalities that NHTSA forces them to recall another 2.7 million vehicles.
The issues with these cars are not as serious as the ignition switch. Well, some of them at least. But still, it is a huge inconvenience that includes five different models, all having something wrong. This puts a huge question mark above GM’s quality control methods.
The majority of the recalled vehicles (2,440,524 Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu Maxx, Pontiac G6 and Saturn Auras) have faulty taillights which is simple fix. But some of them like 140,067 Chevrolet Malibus from the 2014 model year suffer from hydraulic brake booster malfunctions which is more serious.
Other recalls cover 19,225 Cadillac CTS 2013-2014 models for windshield wiper failures, 103,158 previous generation Chevrolet Corvettes for loss of low-beam head lamps, and 477 full-size trucks from the 2014 and 2015 model years for a tie-rod defect that can lead to a crash.
General Motors reckons the new series of recalls will cost them up to $200 million. But they don’t mind, because customer safety is their top priority. They didn’t explain why they don’t build their cars properly in the first place.