In early May of this year, General Motors recalled about 42,000 vehicles due to a battery control fire hazard. The recalled vehicles, which include the 2012 and 2013 Buick LaCrosse and Regal and 2013 Chevrolet Malibu models, reportedly had a defective Generator Control Module that could cause a slow loss of battery charge and an illuminated malfunction indicator light. The light could pose a fire risk, and also cause the engine of the vehicles to stall and/or cause the vehicle to have difficulty starting.
Now, the NHTSA is investigating whether the screening process for the recalled vehicles was sufficient following reports of a fire in a repaired vehicle, The Detroit News reports. In a release, the NHTSA stated that “a recall query has been opened to investigate whether or not the service procedure is sufficient in identifying the safety defect in the subject vehicles.”
The NHTSA is investigating GM’s process for screening unsold vehicles, which according to The Detroit News, involved “stressing the module under extreme conditions to identify problems and replacing the module if necessary.” After the report of a vehicle that had undergone the test catching fire was discussed on the GM website, regulators questioned if the procedure could effectively identify a defective Generator Control Module, according to Reuters. Reuters further reports that “[t]he recall query could lead NHTSA to ask GM to replace the control module in the recalled cars that underwent the stress test.”
A GM spokesperson has stated that the automaker is cooperating with the NHTSA by answering any additional questions regarding the service procedure.
As automobiles become more sophisticated with more intricate and advanced computer systems, they also become more susceptible to serious concerns regarding system errors and failures. One such error that many people may be unaware of is “limp mode,” which occurs when a car’s computer system detects a problem with the logic patterns that are sent in the engine. Should a strange logic pattern be detected, the computer will generally shut down the source of the problem.
In 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that General Motor Corps. and Pontiac were recalling approximately 8,012 G6 vehicles because of a manufacturing defect that was affecting brake lights. GM officials claimed at the time that corroded wiring connectors were responsible for G6 brake lights either illuminating when the brake pedals weren’t depressed or not illuminating when they were depressed.
In the wake of another troubled year of recalls for one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers, Toyota has agreed to pay a maximum fine of $17.35 million to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration after it was reported that the company failed to announce a recall in a timely manner earlier this year.
Any time a person is seeking to buy a used car, it is imperative that he or she do a thorough background check on the vehicle. This should go well beyond the typical declaration of “Show me the Carfax”, because there’s so much more to a vehicle’s history than just accidents. Obviously, an accident history is crucially important knowledge, but so is the vehicle’s repair and maintenance background.
We rely on the police to provide safety for us, but it seems that lately our police are the ones in need of safety. In August, General Motors announced the recall of more than 36,000 Chevrolet Impala vehicles because of a manufacturing defect that allowed the possibility of a fracture in the front control arms.
The National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a recall notice for selected Negotiator Commercial H/T tires. The manufacturer, ITR USA Inc., first reported the issue on July 11, 2011. The recall affects all Negotiator Commercial H/T tires sizes LT265/75R16 and LT235/85R16.
The NHTSA explains that these tires were manufactured between April, 2009 and May 31, 2011. According to ITR USA, the voluntary recall of more than 50,000 tires is due to bubbling or blistering which has been seen along the sidewalls of some of these tires.