G.M. Deems Steering Issue Unworthy of Recall – 4/10/15
The Center for Auto Safety is the nation’s premier independent, member driven, non-profit consumer advocacy organization dedicated to improving vehicle safety, quality, and fuel economy on behalf of all drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.
As awareness grew last year of General Motors’ failure to disclose a dangerous defect in millions of older cars, its executives had a clear message for the public: Safety was G.M.’s first priority.
By the end of the year, G.M. had recalled a record number of vehicles — 30 million in North America — and overhauled its safety practices.
But the company’s handling of a recent steering issue sheds new light on where G.M., and regulators, draw the line at what constitutes a safety issue worthy of a recall.
Specifically, owners of some of General Motors’ most popular cars are complaining of a problem that they say is dangerous because the steering wheel can stick after driving in one position for long periods.