Corvette Stop-Sale Raises New Questions

2015 Chevrolet Corvette

When you build cars, it’s kind of important to attach all the pieces.

Major automakers have figured out how to do this with impressive precision, while smaller companies can be forgiven for overlooking a small part.

But when the world’s largest automaker misses parts on its most important car, you just have to wonder what’s going on internally. Especially right on the heels of the company’s biggest recall ever.

So far in 2014, General Motors has recalled nearly 30 million vehicles in 65 different recalls. This month, CEO Mary Barra said the worst was over and GM’s quality issues would soon be a thing of the past.

Then I read that a 2014 Corvette Stingray, owned by Car and Driver as a long-term tester, needed a complete engine replacement at 6,000 miles.

Then came the news that the company issued a Stop-Sale on 2,800 2015 Corvettes, for two different issues.

The first problem, affecting 2,000 new Corvettes, involves an airbag that may not have the proper part to connect it to the steering wheel. I don’t think I have to go into any more detail on why that’s a bad thing.

Most of those 2,000 cars are being held at the assembly factory for repairs before being shipped to dealers.

Another 800 cars are already at dealers and being held because only one of the two parking brake cables may be properly attached.

Rookie mistakes, guys.

And then, there’s this:

GM also is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission, 45 state attorneys-general, Canadian safety regulators and both houses of Congress.

Potentially the most serious probe is one launched by the U.S. Justice Department that could see criminal charges brought against GM and some of its current and former employees. The maker fired 15 staff members earlier this year following the conclusion of an internal study that found a pattern of “incompetence and neglect” in handling safety-related issues.

Are we to believe that GM has moved beyond its quality problems and is ready for a future of being mostly recall free? More importantly:

Are you, the buyer, ready to trust General Motors and its cars?


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