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Tuesday, 1 April, 2014 0:14 AM

Timeline of Events That Led Up to GM's 6.3 million recalls

Chevrolet HHR being recalled for its faulty ignition switch and its electronic power-steering assist

Photo credit: General Motors

GM told its dealers to stop selling the Chevrolet Cruze over a defective right front axle.

 

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

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DETROIT -- General Motors is recalling 2.6 million cars due to faulty ignition switches. The list includes all model years of the Chevrolet Cobalt, Chevrolet HHR, Saturn Ion, Saturn Sky, Pontiac G5 and Pontiac Solstice made from 2003-2011. On Friday, GM ordered all of its dealers to stop selling some models of the 2013 and 2014 Cruze sedans. Here’s some of the events that led up to the recalls:

First, GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson stepped down on Jan. 15, 2014. What did he know and when? Akerson spoke with Keith Crain during the 2014 Automotive News World Congress that evening. He said his reason for resigning his position was his wife’s diagnosis with cancer. But was it?

“The monkey was on our back to deliver results,” Akerson said during the conference. “We had to be profitable, get back on the S&P, repay the government and hopefully pay dividends. And we did that. When you quit learning, you're dead. The first year of my job was to position the company towards success.”

GM’s Board of Directors named Mary Barra to become CEO, Tim Solso to be Chairman and Dan Ammann to be President. Barra was formerly the executive vice president of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain while Solso was the former chairman and CEO of Cummins, Inc. Meanwhile, Ammann was executive vice president and chief financial officer. Did Akerson set up Barra for failure?

Second, GM swept the 2014 North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards with the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Chevrolet Silverado. The winners were voted on by a jury of 49 automotive journalists and were presented during the North American International Auto Show press days.

After winning that award and several others, the Corvette Stingray’s price went up by $2,000. The coupe model now costs $53,995 and the convertible is priced at $58,995, with destination charges included. In addition, the Z51 Performance package also got a $1,000 hike to $4,000. GM realized that people were willing to dig deeper into their wallets to get the sportscar they love.

“We put a lot of new technology in this new Corvette,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette Product and Marketing Manager. “We really did a lot of attention to detail. We really concentrated on how the car feels, how much fun it is to drive. The sportscar can really adapt to your driving style. You don’t have to be a race car driver to enjoy it.“

Third, GM announced its long list of recalls. It all started in February with the 2003-2007 models of the Cobalt, HHR, Ion, Sky. G5 and Solstice. Then, Congress and the Department of Justice launched investigations into those vehicles. GM said it first knew about these issues back in 2001, but did nothing about it. Then, the recall list was expanded to include the 2007-2011 model years of those vehicles, totaling 2.6 million cars. The automaker said the newer models came with redesigned ignition switches, but some of them could have been repaired with faulty parts.

“We are taking no chances with safety,” said GM CEO Mary Barra. “Trying to locate several thousand switches in a population of 2.2 million vehicles and distributed to thousands of retailers isn’t practical. Out of an abundance of caution, we are recalling the rest of the model years. We are going to provide our customers with the peace of mind they deserve and expect by getting the new switches into all the vehicles.”

On Thursday, March 27, GM told its dealers to stop selling 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruzes due to a defective right front axle that can fracture and separate without warning. About 172,000 Cruzes with 1.4-liter, turbo engines are part of the recall. Remember, GM replaced the Cobalt with the Cruze in 2008 during its Chapter 11 reorganization. The U.S. government asked GM to build a small size car that North American consumers would buy with a high fuel economy. The 2014 model achieves 27 mpg in the city and 46 mpg on the highway.

GM is also recalling its 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks along with its brand-new 2015 Chevrolet Suburban, Chevy Tahoe, GMC Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs with 6-speed transmissions due to a loose transmission oil cooler line.

On Monday, March 31, GM announced the recall of 1.5 million additional cars because the electronic power-steering assist can suddenly stop working. Those include the 2010 model year and older Chevrolet Malibu, Malibu Maxx, Chevrolet HHR, Saturn Aura, Saturn Ion and Pontiac G6. This means the HHR is being recalled for its faulty ignition switch and its electronic power-steering assist.

Owners of recalled vehicles will be notified by mail during the week of April 21. They will be able to get their ignition switches repaired for free at dealers. GM CEO Mary Barra will testify before Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday.

What did Dan Akerson know and when? Did Mary Barra respond appropriately? Will you buy or lease another General Motors vehicle in the future? You Decide.

For more information about the GM recalls, visit www.gmignitionupdate.com.

 


 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Dan Akerson stepped down as GM Chairman and CEO on Jan. 15, 2014 and addressed the Automotive News World Congress that evening.

 

PHOTO BY PETE BUBLITZ / ©AMERICAJR.com

The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray got a $2,000 price hike after winning awards and strong sales.

 

Graphic credit: General Motors

GM's Three-Point Check Plan for owners of recalled vehicles

 

Photo by Steve Fecht for General Motors

GM CEO Mary Barra responds to the 6.3 million recalls

 

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