GM Overstates Fuel-Economy Numbers, Will Pay Out $100 Million

2016 GMC Acadia SLT

Rarely do people buy SUVs for the stellar fuel economy they deliver.

When people do buy an SUV, though, they should be properly informed of how often they should expect to stop at a gas station. The numbers on the window sticker are supposed to do just that, but a few automakers have gotten into trouble recently for misrepresenting their fuel-economy estimates.

In 2014, Hyundai had to pay a fine of $100 million for inflated fuel-economy numbers, in addition to compensating owners.

Mitsubishi is in the midst of crisis in its home country for the same reason, and now General Motors has admitted to providing overly optimistic numbers in the U.S.

How do inflated MPG estimates happen? Doesn’t the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency control those numbers?

Not exactly.

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Don’t Use the Wipers! GM Issues New Recall

2016-GMC-Acadia

Another day, another recall.

Here’s yet another recall we could attack General Motors over. We could chastise the company for producing vehicles with faulty parts (again) or make fun of obvious holes in its quality-check system.

This time, though, we should praise GM, because it finally got one right.

In this new recall, which was made public late last week, GM is telling some customers to stop using the windshield wipers on certain SUVs, because the wiper motor could overheat and catch fire.

See how easy it would be to call out the ridiculousness of this recall? Before you do, though, read on, because GM’s handling of this recall just might make you want to buy a GM product.

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When Car Dealers Make Mistakes, Who Should Pay?

2012 Chevrolet Traverse

I’m going to spill a secret here.

Once, when I went to the grocery store, I asked the checker for a book of stamps. I got the book of stamps. But the stamps were never rung up, and I never paid for them.

I did what any good American would do. I didn’t say a word and kept the secret until blabbing it to the world on a blog. I hope I won’t get arrested now, because apparently, if it were a car I had underpaid for, that’s a real possibility.

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