General Motors has made two announcements in recent days, affecting drivers of car models which include the 2008-2010 Chevrolet Malibu, 2008-2010 Pontiac G6, 2007-2008 Saturn Aura, and the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic models built between May 29, 2012 and August 29, 2012.
The first in a series of safety recalls by GM was made regarding a "roll-away risk" caused by a faulty transmission issue found with the Chevy Malibus, Pontiac G6's and Saturn Aura's. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), "The driver would be able to move the shifter to 'PARK' and remove the ignition key, but the transmission gear may not be in 'PARK.' The vehicle may not be able to be restarted and the vehicle could roll away after the driver has exited the vehicle, resulting in a possible crash without prior warning.
GM announced that it is aware of four accidents but no injuries related to this problem. GM will notify owners, and dealers will install a retainer over the cable end or replace the shift cable as necessary. GM has not provided a notification schedule, but this service will be performed free of charge. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-521-7300.
The second recall, affecting drivers of the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic built between May 29, 2012 and August 29, 2012, is due to faulty turn signal-bulbs. According to the NHTSA, in this case, when a turn signal lamp fails to operate, the Body Control Module (BCM) in these vehicles does not detect this condition and will not indicate the condition to the driver.
GM said it was unaware of any crashes or injuries stemming from the problem. Owners will be notified of the Sonic recall by letter beginning Oct. 3.
Although no accidents have occured from this recalled product as of yet, if a driver is not aware when a turn signal is not functioning properly, and does not have the light repaired, other drivers will not be alerted when the vehicle is turning, in turn increasing the risk of an automobile accident.
Paying attention to automobile product recalls is just as important as keeping up with regularly scheduled maintenance of your automobile. The NHTSA of the U.S. Department of Transportation provides recall information, including vehicle and equipment campaigns from 1966 to present. By paying attention to recalled vehicles and automobile parts, you are ensuring the safety of yourself, your passengers and other drivers on the road.
When a manufacturing error leads to injury or loss of life, the auto manufacturer must be held accountable. At Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC, the legal team is involved in pursuing justice and compensation for the injured or their families from auto manufacturers in injury and death claims.