Sometimes, things don’t go according to plan, and even with an entire team of hard-working, qualified people checking for issues, occasionally, a product makes it out to the world with a few problems. It’s nothing to panic over, but you should certainly be aware of when a product is recalled, and if you own a Cadillac SRX or a Saab SUV, a recent recall may affect you.
First off, if you’ve received a recall notice, don’t ignore it, or an accident caused by defective parts named in the recall may be viewed by your car insurance company as your responsibility. Observing the recall may even lower your auto insurance rates, so it’s always a good idea to follow instructions if your vehicle is recalled.
That being said, General Motors has made a recall of over half a million vehicles across North America. The cause? GM officials said, “The recall is due to improper torqueing that could possibly result in a loose joint and worn threads that could cause the toe adjuster link to separate.” The recall affects the Cadillac SRX crossovers and Saab sports-utility vehicles – accidents have already occurred due to the defective parts within each of these vehicles.
These two vehicles aren’t the only recalls GM has had to make lately. Although small by comparison, a recent recall of 2013 Chevrolet Spark minicars may also affect you. GM said that the issue is that “corrosion can cause the secondary hood latch striker to stick in the open position. If the primary latch is not engaged, the hood could open unexpectedly.”
This defect hasn’t caused any injuries or accidents, but GM is stepping in to repair nearly 90,000 units of the Spark minicar. 13,000 of those vehicles will be from Korea, parked on American soil until they can be repaired and sent back. Another recall recently occurred to replace faulty airbags. GM’s recent recalls are causing the company’s value to decrease at a surprising rate. Buyers become less interested in GM’s vehicles every time they hear about one of these mass recalls.
Have these GM recalls affected you or your car insurance? What do you think is causing GM to release these faulty products? Feel free to comment below and let us know what you think.