There was a fatal auto accident in Macon, Georgia over the weekend. It was a single car accident involving a vehicle that went off the road and hit some trees. Other than the terribly sad loss of life, this particular accident caught my attention because the driver was driving a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt, which is one model recalled by General Motors. Phillip Ramati’s report about this accident for the Macon Telegraph specifies that the accident is being investigated, so it’s too early to draw any conclusions about the cause of the wreck.
The recalls for GM are growing. On March 28, 2014, GM recalled an additional 824,000 cars sold in the U.S. Their most recent recall is due to the fact that the vehicles might have been repaired with the faulty ignition switch that I wrote about in my previous blog post. According to GM, the faulty ignition switches were sold to dealers and wholesalers and used to make repairs on some vehicles. There were about 95,000 defective switches sold, with about 90,000 used to make repairs. The additional vehicles added to the recall include: the 2008-2010 models of the Chevrolet Cobalt, Saturn Sky, Pontiac Solstice and G5, and the 2008-2011 Chevrolet HHR.
But the recalls don’t stop there. On March 31, 2014 GM recalled another 1.3 million vehicles for a sudden loss of electric power steering assist, a separate issue from the faulty ignition switch. Models affected by the power steering recall, which includes the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt, can be found at www.media.gm.com.