The end of Daylight Savings Time is a great time of year to take stock of some of the often-overlooked essentials around the house. Families everywhere will, of course, turn their clocks back, but this adjustment can also be a great way to remember to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors, and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it’s also a great time to check to see if your vehicle has any outstanding recalls. 2015 saw a record number of automotive recalls issued, and it’s hard to see 2016 slowing that trend down.
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.
Recall drama never ceases to fade.
The last few years have given us plenty of topics for conversation, with every major automaker issuing newsworthy recalls.
The biggest, and most severe, was General Motors’ recall of over 17 million cars for flaws with the ignition switch. That recall was turned into a marketing effort of sorts, with GM using the opportunity to introduce new cars to existing customers.
Now there’s some news that cars affected by the recall are some of the best buys on the used market. Keep reading for some good cars you can pick up on the cheap, thanks to one of the biggest recalls in automotive history.
There’s a silver lining in every bad situation.
Sometimes you just have to look on the bright side.
After the rain comes a rainbow.
Every rose has its thorn.
Ridiculous clichés aside, there’s always an upside to even the lowest of situations. The General Motors ignition recall is certainly a low point for the world’s largest automaker, but some people are enjoying the benefits of said recall.
Who could possibly benefit from the disaster and tragedy of one of the biggest and most controversial recalls in history?
When there’s a safety problem with a car, it’s best to fix it:
A) As cheaply and easily as possible.
B) As thoroughly as possible to make sure the faulty part performs as required.
The answer will be revealed later in this blog.
First, keep in mind that General Motors has had an extraordinarily tough year as it has dealt with the ramifications of waiting more than a decade to recall cars affected by an ignition-switch problem. That problem has proven fatal in a number of instances and is still in the process of being fixed.
Let’s say you bought a car only to find out later it has a defect that could potentially kill you.
Would your first response be heading to your nearest dealer and buying a new version of the same brand to replace your defective car?
Of course not. That’s a silly question, right? Most people would simply want the car fixed, if possible. Others might have a more extreme response and sue the carmaker in question and vow to never own said brand again.
General Motors is still in the middle of its ignition recall and has made those affected by it a very strange offer.
Sometimes topics in the auto world get pretty serious.
We like to have some fun and make light of certain situations, but there are times when humor is off the table. The fact is, building cars is a dangerous business. A lot can go wrong when putting together the pieces of these metal capsules that hurl us down traffic-filled roads at upwards of 70 miles per hour.
Usually, things go according to plan, and our vehicles safely transport our families and us for many years. When things go wrong, though, lives can be lost. Even worse is when an automaker knows about a problem, but fails to act in time to save lives.
Imagine buying a used car, getting it home, parking it in the garage, then waking in the middle of the night to flames caused by that car.
It’s not a likely scenario, but it is possible. If you recently purchased, or plan to purchase, a used GM SUV, be sure to check for recalls before signing on the dotted line.
Fires caused by a defect in a car are rare, but around 200,000 2005, 2006 and 2007 SUVs made by General Motors are being recalled because of that risk.