General Motors Digest: July 8, 2014

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
general motors digest july 8 2014

In today’s General Motors Digest: Replacement ignition switches are shipping to dealership service bays in boxes that may not reflect the contents inside; GM hands over 2 million documents to the United States House of Representatives; and certain truck owners are on their own as far as rusty brake lines are concerned.

Automotive News reports in a June 24, 2014 memo by the automaker to its 4,300-strong dealership network, GM would be shipping the ignition switches related to the February 2014 recalls in ACDelco boxes “due to the unprecedented volume of parts being shipped and the resulting shortage of GM Parts boxes.” The memo was composed to allay doubts of authenticity that might arise when the shipments arrive. As of June 25, 2014, 296,462 of the 2.6 million vehicles affected by the recall have been repaired, while GM expects to have the parts ready for the majority of the affected by October.

Over in the Beltway, The Detroit News says the automaker has turned over 2 million pages of records in relation to the February 2014 recall to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee as part of the latter’s ongoing investigation. Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan, who is in the early stages of planning an auto safety overhaul bill, states that he wants to wrap up the investigation prior to making such a bill available for consideration. In an interview with WJR-AM, Upton is considering a national registry to easily track recalled vehicles in the repair stage, as well as when affected vehicles pass into the used car market.

Finally, Bloomberg reports that while General Motors has issued recalls left and right, it has not done so with 1.8 million light trucks and SUVs made between 1999 and 2003 affected by rusting brake lines. Further, the automaker says it’s the owner’s responsibility to prevent rusting and, if need be, replace the lines with a $500 MSRP kit. The defect has hit Salt Belt owners the hardest, where failed brake lines make up 43 out of 100,000 units sold, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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  • KixStart KixStart on Jul 08, 2014

    Dear Bloomberg News, Mark Modica? Really? Is that the best you can do? Sincerely,

  • Bufguy Bufguy on Jul 08, 2014

    15 out of 100,000? Are you kidding me? 15 years down the road I would expect to have to replace items such as this. In 2011 my Mother's 96 Camry with only 60,000 had to be stopped by running into the curb because the brake lines were rotted. In Buffalo, that simply means its time to get rid of the car, not expect the manufacturer to pick up the tab.

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    • Raph Raph on Jul 09, 2014

      @ Danio, ahh... the sweet smell of stagnant wages. Maybe if vehicles and repair costs weren't such a big deal it might not be such a big deal or maybe it's just the unprecedented level of ass-kissing and raised expectations that goes with current day retail?

  • Lou_BC Lightning Flash? Seriously? I'm shocked. This will generate much static from the usual suspects. Some will get a charge from it. Others a discharge.Resistance is futile? Gotta chant to calm down: Ohmmm Ohmmm Ohmmm
  • Lou_BC "Barra accused the UAW of having no real intent of making a deal with the industry" Seriously? I guess it's so obvious. They just want to sit around basking in your hotness ;)
  • TheEndlessEnigma Where's the Tassos rant?!
  • Urlik The best way to crush F1 politics is to be good. Looking at you Red Bull.
  • Art_Vandelay Good. As an Alfa fan it will be good to have someone on the grid they might actually be capable of beating!