Once a snowball begins rolling down a slope, it tends to gather both mass and momentum. In this case, General Motors has discovered it has a rather large hole in its safety record. Having begun with a general indication it would recall a relatively small number of makes and models because of an ignition fault now linked to thirty-one crashes and at least a dozen deaths, the latest count shows a total of about 2.6 million vehicles to be recalled, including the Chvrolet Cobalt and HHR, Saturn Ion and Sky, Pontiac G5 and Solstice.
But that’s not an end of it. GM has now told dealers to stop selling some 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruze compact cars. The main point of interest was GM’s initial failure to explain just what might be wrong with these vehicles. You would think that past failures to be open with the public would lead to the maximum transparency now. If safety really is a continuing problem, we all deserve to know precisely what needs to be done to make these most recent models unsafe. In fact, it turns out the front axle can collapse. Is there no end to these design and manufacturing problems?