GM issues new recalls on more than 2.4 million vehicles

posted at 4:41 pm on May 20, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

“We’re getting to the point,” a CNBC reporter says, “where they have to be getting close to setting an all-time record.” In fact, the recalls have become such an avalanche that CNBC adds them up to 13.6 million for 2014 so far, while Reuters and CNN tally it at 15 million. (The difference is between domestic and global.) Either way, the recall backlog has become stunningly huge, and we’re not even to the halfway mark for the year:

General Motors has issued four separate, new recalls for more than 2.4 million vehicles in the United States, the automaker announced on Tuesday.

The cars include 2009-2014 model years of the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia, and 2004-2008 model years of the Chevrolet Malibu. Cadillac Escalades, Chevrolet Silverado pickups and GMC Sierras from the 2015 model year were also among the vehicles involved in the recalls. …

The company will also take as much as a $400 million charge in the second quarter, including a previously announced $200 million charge, to cover recall-related repairs over the quarter.

That’s for the quarter. For the year, the charge is four times as large:

Reuters goes with the global count:

General Motors Co said on Tuesday it is recalling another 2.42 million vehicles in the United States, raising the number of vehicles it has recalled so far this year to more than 15 million.

So does CNN, which notes that nearly half of the new recalls are older models:

The crossover SUVs being recalled — Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMS Acadia and Saturn Outlook — have a problem that can cause the front seat belt to separate from the car during a crash. GM said it is a serious enough problem that it is ordering dealers not to sell new or used models of the vehicles until repairs are made. The model years involved are 2009 to 2014.

Older models sometimes experience new recalls. My 2002 Honda CR-V still gets an occasional recall on minor issues just as precautions; usually I find that the recall doesn’t apply to my particular model, which got included out of an abundance of caution.

However, this recent flood of recalls on older models — and perhaps even some of the more recent models — raises the question of how long GM sat on these issues, and whether the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration knew of these issues prior to the sale of GM stock by the Department of the Treasury. Questions about the NHTSA’s lack of action on the ignition-switch recall while aggressively pursuing Toyota are already hot topics in Congress, and this sudden flood of recalls less than six months after Treasury sold off its remaining interest in the company certainly looks curious. And I imagine that the people who bought GM stock from Treasury are more than a little curious as to whether the federal government defrauded them in those transactions.


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So GM is back to losing money again?

Joseph OHenry on May 20, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Close enough for Government Motors…

JohnGalt23 on May 20, 2014 at 4:48 PM

But Osama is still dead right?

/libtards

gwelf on May 20, 2014 at 4:48 PM

GM is alive and Bin Laden is dead. You better pray that you don’t join him while you drive your gubment motors vehicle.

I have a great idea: Hows about the feds control our healthcare system and all employees will be unionized! Tarnation, I amaze myself with my innovative schemes.

Bishop on May 20, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Next announcement….

If you own any GM car, bring it in to a dealer and he will give you a coupon for s free Japanese car of your choice.

txdoc on May 20, 2014 at 4:50 PM

On a related topic, did anyone else see this photo essay of thousands upon thousands of newly manufactured cars parked in storage lots rather than being shipped to dealers? The photos are unbelievable, to say the least.

ExpressoBold on May 20, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Ain’t unions great?

Can’t even screw seat belts in properly.

But they do fund and vote Democratic. That’s whats important! Screw the customers.

Last GM car I bought was 1981. No UAW dues coming from me.

txdoc on May 20, 2014 at 4:54 PM

The liar CEO scumhag belongs in prison.

Schadenfreude on May 20, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Heh, at what point does GM recall more vehicles than they actually sold :)…

jimver on May 20, 2014 at 5:00 PM

I have a great idea: Hows about the feds control our healthcare system and all employees will be unionized! Tarnation, I amaze myself with my innovative schemes.

Bishop on May 20, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Say, why not go whole hog and have the feds control all. I mean everything they touch turns to gold! Awesome.

/SNARK

hawkeye54 on May 20, 2014 at 5:02 PM

However, this recent flood of recalls on older models — and perhaps even some of the more recent models — raises the question of how long GM sat on these issues, and whether the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration knew of these issues prior to the sale of GM stock by the Department of the Treasury.

The NHTSA, and the Treasury, learned about these problems in the newspaper … just today. In fact, they still don’t “really” know about them.

As to the suckers who bought Govt Motors stock from the govt … they can call to complain at:

1-800-F1UCKYO!!!!

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 20, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Screw the customers.

I heard that to be an unofficial UAW motto sometime back.

hawkeye54 on May 20, 2014 at 5:04 PM

GM is alive (barely) and Osama Bin Laden is dead!

NavyMustang on May 20, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Ford,Chrysler and Toyota recently had recalls.

It’s not just GM.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 20, 2014 at 5:04 PM

But Osama is still dead right?

/libtards

gwelf on May 20, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Aaaand…drive electric Flatearthers

/progressive moon bats

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 5:04 PM

When Dog Eater opens his newspaper at breakfast tomorrow I’ll bet he starts yelling, and why, because he will be mad as hell about this.

Bishop on May 20, 2014 at 5:06 PM

How many cars were recalled before Treasury cashed out?

Zero.

BobMbx on May 20, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Bad news: Government Motors is foundering again. They are looking at multibillion dollar liability lawsuits here. Not to mention the COMPLETE DESTRUCTION of their brand.

Good news: Good only to libtards that is… Thanks to that rat bastard “justice” John Roberts, Congress (who am I fooling) Pharaoh Obama can bang his scepter and pass into law an INDIVIDUAL MANDATE requiring every American over the age of 26 (those under 26 get to ride in their parent’s car, in a proper child seat) to purchase a new Government Motors vehicle every single year.

ConstantineXI on May 20, 2014 at 5:07 PM

1-800-F1UCKYO!!!!

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 20, 2014 at 5:03 PM

That about sums it up.

hawkeye54 on May 20, 2014 at 5:10 PM

When Dog Eater opens his newspaper at breakfast tomorrow I’ll bet he starts yelling, and why, because he will be mad as hell about this.

Bishop on May 20, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Over/Under 3 weeks before The Regime calls these recalls “phoney”.

Timeline of a scandal, Obama Regime edition:

Day 1 7 21… 1-21 Obama will dither.

Day 22: Obama was MAD AS HELL when he read about this in his newspaper when he had breakfast at 10:30 AM.

Day 42: Jay Carney refers to it as a phoney scandal.

6 months: “Dude, that was 6 months ago”.

ConstantineXI on May 20, 2014 at 5:10 PM

1-800-F1UCKYO!!!!

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 20, 2014 at 5:03 PM

That about sums it up.

hawkeye54 on May 20, 2014 at 5:10 PM

ConstantineXI on May 20, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Damn post button… This is what I meant to post:

1-800-F1UCKYO!!!!

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 20, 2014 at 5:03 PM

That about sums it up.

hawkeye54 on May 20, 2014 at 5:10 PM

This is what you get if you call that number:

“You have reached the Glorious Obama Administration. Press 1 for Arabic. Press 2 for Spanish. Press 3 if you are a backwards Xenophobic American who insists on English.”

“You have reached the Glorious Obama Administration. Press 1 to leave a message of Praise for Dear Leader. Press 2 for an IRS Audit”

ConstantineXI on May 20, 2014 at 5:14 PM

I imagine that the people who bought GM stock from Treasury are more than a little curious as to whether the federal government defrauded them in those transactions.

Of course they were defrauded. WTF else did they expect from this corrupt administration? Fraud is all they know, and they’re damn good at it.

AZCoyote on May 20, 2014 at 5:19 PM

The crossover SUVs being recalled — Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMS Acadia and Saturn Outlook — have a problem that can cause the front seat belt to separate from the car during a crash.

 
They should just find a judge to rule they’re equal to seat belts other people have.

rogerb on May 20, 2014 at 5:19 PM

I bought a brand new Ford back in 2011 instead of Government Motors. Does that make me a RAAAAACIST?

ConstantineXI on May 20, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Save American Workers !!! Save the UAW !!!

We Need Another Bailout … for America !!!

Ruckus_Tom on May 20, 2014 at 5:23 PM

However, this recent flood of recalls on older models — and perhaps even some of the more recent models — raises the question of how long GM sat on these issues, and whether the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration knew of these issues prior to the sale of GM stock by the Department of the Treasury. Questions about the NHTSA’s lack of action on the ignition-switch recall while aggressively pursuing Toyota are already hot topics in Congress, and this sudden flood of recalls less than six months after Treasury sold off its remaining interest in the company certainly looks curious. And I imagine that the people who bought GM stock from Treasury are more than a little curious as to whether the federal government defrauded them in those transactions.

I guess this is how the federales are going to claw back the ill-gotten profits the UAW (now the controlling owner of GM) got from driving the prior iteration into bankruptcy.

Steve Eggleston on May 20, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Of course they were defrauded. WTF else did they expect from this corrupt administration? Fraud is all they know, and they’re damn good at it.

AZCoyote on May 20, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Clearly the framers never intended for government to be doing things like this, or they certainly wouldn’t have granted them carte blanche immunity from civil lawsuits.

ConstantineXI on May 20, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Oh don’t worry, good liberals will still buy them. LOL

ORconservative on May 20, 2014 at 5:24 PM

I bought a brand new Ford back in 2011 instead of Government Motors. Does that make me a RAAAAACIST?

ConstantineXI on May 20, 2014 at 5:21 PM

The UAW working at Ford thanks you.

Ruckus_Tom on May 20, 2014 at 5:24 PM

I guess this is how the federales are going to claw back the ill-gotten profits the UAW (now the controlling owner of GM) got from driving the prior iteration into bankruptcy.

Steve Eggleston on May 20, 2014 at 5:23 PM

They’ll get around to that soon as they get done prosecuting and sending everyone in the IRS who had a role in the political auditing of conservatives to prison.

ConstantineXI on May 20, 2014 at 5:25 PM

I bought a brand new Ford back in 2011 instead of Government Motors. Does that make me a RAAAAACIST?

ConstantineXI on May 20, 2014 at 5:21 PM

The UAW working at Ford thanks you.

Ruckus_Tom on May 20, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Which is why I stick with Toyota (Texas-made truck here).

Steve Eggleston on May 20, 2014 at 5:26 PM

The UAW working at Ford thanks you.

Ruckus_Tom on May 20, 2014 at 5:24 PM

At least the UAW workers at Ford didn’t bankrupt the company. Oh, and managed to attach the steering wheel well enough that it doesn’t come off while driving (Chevy Cruze), and the ignition switch doesn’t cause the car to stall on the highway (Chevy Cobalt), and the seatbelts were put in well enough that they won’t come apart in a wreck (every GM SUV).

I’m sure Ford would be better off without the UAW. But at least their management wasn’t moronic enough to turn Ford into the auto maker equivalent of Detroit like Government Motors did in their deals with them…

ConstantineXI on May 20, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Oh don’t worry, good liberals will still buy them. LOL

ORconservative on May 20, 2014 at 5:24 PM

This could be an example of Natural Selection at work.

ConstantineXI on May 20, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Can’t they just issue a hashtag?

Galtian on May 20, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Ford,Chrysler and Toyota recently had recalls.

It’s not just GM.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 20, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Whatever helps you sleep at night…..

goflyers on May 20, 2014 at 5:37 PM

However, this recent flood of recalls on older models — and perhaps even some of the more recent models — raises the question of how long GM sat on these issues, and whether the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration knew of these issues prior to the sale of GM stock by the Department of the Treasury.

The NHTSA, and the Treasury, learned about these problems in the newspaper … just today. In fact, they still don’t “really” know about them.

As to the suckers who bought Govt Motors stock from the govt … they can call to complain at:

1-800-F1UCKYO!!!!

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 20, 2014 at 5:03 PM

It is also likely that members of Congress and their staffs sold off Government Motors stock from their private portfolio after getting tips from someone in Barry’s cabinet that they were bringing the hammer down on GM.

Insider trading seems to be quite legal for members of Congress. How else do you think they’ve gotten so rich?

slickwillie2001 on May 20, 2014 at 5:37 PM

As someone who is a “former GM employee”, I wonder if I should be using my discount anymore. It would seem that GM is now part of the VA.

Chuck Ef on May 20, 2014 at 5:40 PM

At least the UAW workers at Ford didn’t bankrupt the company. Oh, and managed to attach the steering wheel well enough that it doesn’t come off while driving (Chevy Cruze), and the ignition switch doesn’t cause the car to stall on the highway (Chevy Cobalt), and the seatbelts were put in well enough that they won’t come apart in a wreck (every GM SUV).

I’m sure Ford would be better off without the UAW. But at least their management wasn’t moronic enough to turn Ford into the auto maker equivalent of Detroit like Government Motors did in their deals with them…

ConstantineXI on May 20, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Yup. The UAW only took the big bailout to shore up their pensions that your taxes and mine paid for.

GO UAW AT FORD !!!!

Ruckus_Tom on May 20, 2014 at 5:44 PM

I am still driving a 2002 GMC Sierra. I recall that several (many now) years ago a GM service guy recommended that I not have my heavy heavy (many keys and brass hook) keychain hanging from the ignition. He didn’t specify exactly why, but…..

Echo64 on May 20, 2014 at 5:50 PM

I guess this is a wake up for all you losers that thought turning over an outfit like GM to an upstanding organization of people that have been nothing but CONCERNED for the working man for the last 80 years.

It’s hard to translate from Double Entry Extortion to an actual sound business model for a measly $20 billion.

I say we give em’ an even $100 billion and if that don’t work….

Lather, rinse, repeat……

BigWyo on May 20, 2014 at 6:07 PM

I say we give em’ an even $100 billion and if that don’t work….

Lather, rinse, repeat……

BigWyo on May 20, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Oh, yeah…let’s gin up some bull$hit recall for Toyota before we start.

BigWyo on May 20, 2014 at 6:09 PM

I think that all these engineering problems may be happening because of STEM graduates, automotive engineers being most lacking. In addition, I wonder if they have had their logic circuits degraded by having to take all the “studies” courses along with arithmatic, the bys, timeses, and the gozintas. I assume they do take the four semester course called calcul-ators.

Old Country Boy on May 20, 2014 at 7:00 PM

This is what you get if you call that number:

“You have reached the Glorious Obama Administration. Press 1 for Arabic. Press 2 for Spanish. Press 3 if you are a backwards Xenophobic American who insists on English.”

“You have reached the Glorious Obama Administration. Press 1 to leave a message of Praise for Dear Leader. Press 2 for an IRS Audit”

ConstantineXI on May 20, 2014 at 5:14 PM

At some point in our future “Press 1 to leave a message of Praise for Dear Leader” will be at least a weekly requirement as a continuing offer of loyalty to our Imperial pResident. Lest you forget, the NSA will provide you with a reminder text or voice message to make that call…..and they WILL be listening,so be sure to be generous with your praise.

hawkeye54 on May 20, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Is GM the new peoples car?GM workers must not have any pride in their work at all.

docflash on May 20, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Not surprising. Every business The Obamassiah has touched has turned to crap.

GarandFan on May 20, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Is GM the new peoples car?GM workers must not have any pride in their work at all.

docflash on May 20, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Hmmm, I don’t believe “pride in your work” is included as part of any union contract or MOU…..so, probably not. They have more pride in their benefits and salary more likely.

hawkeye54 on May 20, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Not surprising. Every business The Obamassiah has touched has turned to crap.

GarandFan on May 20, 2014 at 7:12 PM

And not surprisingly, completely on purpose.

hawkeye54 on May 20, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Ford,Chrysler and Toyota recently had recalls.

It’s not just GM.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 20, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Whatever helps you sleep at night…..

goflyers on May 20, 2014 at 5:37 PM

I try to live in the real world. Did those companies have vehicle recalls within the last few months or didn’t they?

Yes, they did.

Being unhappy about the Government Motors “too big to fail” bailout scam sponsored by Dear Leader doesn’t change facts.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 20, 2014 at 7:36 PM

…time for another stimulus package!

KOOLAID2 on May 20, 2014 at 9:08 PM

The other companies may have issued recalls, but not on the massive scale GM has recently.

stvnscott on May 20, 2014 at 9:16 PM

And I imagine that the people who bought GM stock from Treasury are more than a little curious as to whether the federal government defrauded them in those transactions.

And Obama questions your patriotism if you ever say those words again.

KMC1 on May 20, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Government Motors

Wake up, America – notice the trend: EVERYTHING the Federal Government takes over / runs is a disaster, adds to the national debt, and costs tax payesr blood, sweat, tears, and MONEY!

ACA
- Non-representative, UN-Constitutional, Un-Lawful, built on lies, adds to the deficit, stripped Americans of Insurance/doctors, raised health care prices…

GM
- Nationalized US car company, part sold off, part GIVEN to Unions, added to the deficit, net LOSS of Billions to tax payers in the end, and under Obama/Union management millions of cars recalled

13 Green Energy Companies (Solyndra, et al)
- Loss of millions as companies went bankrupt, tax dollars went to ensure Obama donors did not lose investments

VA
- Over 130 dead vets put on secret waiting lisats by ‘Death Panels’, Obama silent, more vets dying – still on waiting list as politicians finger-point

POST OFFICE
- Losing millions each year

Welfare…Food Stamps…Social Security…Obama Phones…

And can someone explain to me why officials running GOVERNMENT organizations like the NON-Profit VA, Post Office, etc — all which are failing/losing money — are GETTING BOBUSES?! These aren’t private organizations with private CEOs. Those bonuses are TAX PAYER DOLLARS and are being given to inept, incompetent supervisors. The Bonuses the VA heads got for years while they were killing/putting Vets on secret waiting lists consisted of TAX DOLLARS paid by the very people they were KILLING!

easyt65 on May 21, 2014 at 8:12 AM