Saturday, January 05, 2013

WE NEED MORE ROLL-FREE ZONES: GM Recalls More than 69,000 SUVs and Trucks Because They May Roll Away

A brake is a terrible thing to waste

General Motors... says more than 69,000 full-size pickup trucks and SUVs distributed globally may be affected by a problem that could cause them to roll away after being parked.

According to safety regulators, certain 2013 model Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC vehicles including the Escalade, Sierra and Silverado, may have been built with a cracked park lock cable or a malformed steering column lock actuator gear in the lock module assembly.

In this case, said vehicles may shift from Park with the ignition key removed or in the OFF position, as well as without the application of the brake pedal while the key is off... "Either of these scenarios may cause the vehicle to roll away after the driver has exited the vehicle, resulting in a possible vehicle crash and/or injury," GM said in a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

In related good news, the U.S. taxpayer will get hosed for about $20 billion when it sells its GM stock, even though GM has reported roughly $16 billion in profits since President Obama "saved" the company -- using our money.

Hat tip: BadBlue Car News.


chillguy33 said...

$16 billion profit? er, how did GM count that please?

Obama is a scholar of bad accounting; not just bad government.

I would bet the $16 billion figure has a sign reversed.

The MUSEman said...

The government's solution to this potentially deadly problem? Write an Executive Order making all grades on all roads illegal - because it would take the individual states far to long to do it on their own - and then deficit-spend trillions of dollars to get the Unions to do the work. Once the boondoggles, graft and corruption are exposed, spend more money to convert one of the now-flat roadways into a high-speed rail line.

Problem solved! /sarc

Thanks for reading!