GM has already recalled more cars this year than it sold all last year
They've recalled some 13 million cars this year. Which is kind of extreme because seems like they only sold 9.7 million last year.
The story behind their ignition switches is a little disconcerting if you are buying a car, but it's also start a bit of a panic.
GM has already recalled more cars this year than it sold all last year - Vox
The problems began earlier this year, when GM recalled 2.6 million vehicles over a faulty ignition switch that has been linked to at least 32 crashes and 13 deaths since 2006. The company quickly faced a congressional investigation and criminal probe for not recalling the vehicles earlier. This month, GM was fined $35 million by regulators for not recalling the vehicles sooner — the maximum possible penalty.
That crackdown, in turn, seems to have made GM even quicker to recall other vehicles for unrelated problems, no matter how serious. On May 20, the company recalled another 2.4 million vehicles because of potential flaws in cables and plastic clips.
That's not cheap — when an auto company recalls a vehicle model, it promises to pay to fix the problem (and, at times, loan replacement cars to the owners during repairs). GM is already planning to take a $1.7 billion loss on recalls so far this year.
I've always argued car technology is way over-engineered... no longer serviceable by mere human beings... and destined to become even more complicated and error-prone as they evolve.
What do you think?