Recent GM Recalls
Getting a recall letter from your auto dealership in the mail can leave you with many feelings. Some may be confused, unsure if it applies to their vehicle if they should continue to drive their automobile, or what the next step is. Others may simply set it aside as another hassle in their busy lives, putting it off until the next oil change.
However, automobile owners should act with prudence and take their vehicle into the dealership as soon as possible when they receive a recall notice. They may be taking a serious risk by putting off an inspection of faulty equipment, sometimes with issues that can seriously hamper vehicle performance and safety measures.
When dealerships identify abnormal problems with vehicles (such as components faltering beyond normal wear and tear), they log them for the automaker to investigate. When manufacturers spot a trend in issues, they issue a recall notice for customers. Typically recalls are covered by dealerships, free of charge. If your vehicle meets the description and was manufactured within the range of dates that automakers identify as problematic, you only need to make an appointment with your nearest dealer and get the problem resolved.
Wonder if your vehicle has a pending recall? Maybe you purchased secondhand on the used the market and aren’t receiving notification from dealers? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tracks and posts recalls on their website in addition to auto manufacturers. All you need is your vehicle’s VIN, make and model to look up pending recalls. It’s best to take care of them as soon as possible to avoid the possible risk of injury or vehicle damage.
If you’re the owner of a GM vehicle, you’re not excluded! Here’s a list of recent examples of GM recalls:
October 2018 GM Recall of Cadillac’s Over Seat Belt Defects
In October of 2018, GM issued a recall for the 2018-2019 Cadillac CT6, Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Suburban, Volt, and GMC Yukon XL. The issue stems from certain second- and third-row rear seat belts not automatically locking when the seat belt is fully removed from the retractor, potentially leading to a child seat not being fully locked in place. GM will inspect and, if necessary, replace seat belt assemblies for owners free of charge; The nature of this recall makes it crucial to get it inspected and repaired immediately.
September 2018 GM Recall of 210,000 Chevrolet’s and Buick’s Over Faulty Brakes
GM has issued a recall of more than 210,000 vehicles due to a soft, spongy brake pedal. Improperly chromed rear brake pistons are leading to gas to form in the hydraulic circuit. This issue can cause serious problems on the road, as drivers may be unable to properly assess brake times. The full list of vehicles affected can be found on the GM and NHTSA websites. GM will assess and correct the brake pedal for vehicle owners at GM dealerships.
If you’re a vehicle owner, be sure to stay current on safety recalls and stay safe on the road!