GM recalls another 82 lakh cars, total stands at 2.92 crore cars
General Motors is in crisis mode. The latest recall of 8.2 million cars takes total of General Motors recalls to an astounding 29 million far exceeding the 22 million cars recalled by all automakers in 2013.
These ignition switch constraints started in February this year. The company recalled 2.6 million small cars globally to rectify the switches that were reported to automatically slip from ‘run’ to ‘accessory’ leading to shutting off of engine. This in turn could hinder power steering and power brakes which could lead to loss of control of the vehicle. It also causes an adverse effect on airbags, preventing them from inflating in the event of a crash.
General Motors has admitted that the company was aware that these problems existed for the past decade but delayed in recalls. General Motors performance in the small car segment and the number of recalls it has resorted to has been noted by the Justice Department and Houses of Congress. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has also imposed a $35 million fine on the company for taking time in reporting ignition switch constraints.
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