GM Recalls 2 Million Vehicles in Latest Setback
Date Posted 04-25-2005
WASHINGTON, D.C. — General Motors has issued six recalls covering 2 million vehicles.
The largest of the recalls is for nearly 1.5 million SUVs and pickups for problems with second-row seatbelts. GM said passengers in the center seat may not be able to position the lap belt in a way that cuts the risk of abdominal and internal organ injuries.
Dealers will repair the safety belts without charge.
GM also is recalling more than 330,000 SUVs from the 2000 and 2001 model years for possible overheating of fuel-pump wires that could lead to engine stalling or failure to start, a possible fuel leak or inaccurate fuel-level readings.
Another 142,000 pickups with manual transmissions are being recalled for parking brake friction, and 69,000 Buicks are being recalled for a possible bent clip that secures the brake pushrod to the brake-pedal-arm pin. The company said it is aware of one crash, but no injuries, from the bent clip, which could result in brake loss.
GM also will recall 39,000 Buick Rendezvous and Pontiac Azteks for intermittent stalling or failure to start due to faulty ignition relays.
And finally, GM is recalling 22,000 Saturn station wagons that have a center and passenger-side rear-seatbelt anchor that doesn’t comply with U.S. and Canadian safety standards.
In total, more than 2 million vehicles are included in the six recalls.
What it means to you: GM has gone from Detroit’s hottest company to a painful nightmare of seemingly endless unfortunate news in the span of a few months. Even the best company’s have recalls, but when sales are down, it only multiplies the misery. This one hurts.
My take: All Pontiac Azteks should be recalled for being the ugliest vehicle of all-time.
In other news, Mark Prior collected his third win of the season for the Chicago Cubs (10-9) with another fine outing as the Cubs beat the Cincinatti Reds, 10-6 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. He pitched 6 innings, gave up 2 earned runs, struck out 10 batters, allowed 6 hits, and walked 2 batters. For the year, he is 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA (earned run average).
The San Diego Padres (9-11) beat the San Francisco Giants tonight, 5-3. Hopefully the Pads can start getting their act together now.
The Angels had today off.
Best of all, the Los Angeles Dodger$ are showing their true blue once again losing 4 of their last 6 games to the Padres (split two games in SD), Colorado Rockies (lost 2 out of 3 in CO), and came up with a marvelous loss tonight to the Arizona Diamondbacks, a team that has played surprisingly well so far in 2005. The New York Yankee$ are still tied for last place in the American League East with a record of 8-11. It’s not going to get any better for them with the Angels coming into town!