On Wednesday, July 23, General Motors (GM) announced yet another series of vehicle recalls, bringing its total for the year up to 60.
The six recalls will affect nearly 718,000 cars and trucks across the country, according to a July 23 Bay News 9 article, with the largest recall concerning safety issues in faulty seats for 414,000 sedans and SUVs.
The remainder of the vehicles recalled had problems including “incomplete welds on seat brackets, turn signal failures, power steering failures, loose suspension bolts and faulty roof rack bolts,” Bay News 9 reported.
GM’s many recalls in such a short span of time highlight significant dysfunction in the automaker’s safety priorities, which the company is still working to rectify.
Earlier this year, it was discovered that GM had known about a faulty ignition switch issue in 2.6 million of its small cars for as long as a decade, but didn’t recall these vehicles until this year — which, according to GM, has caused 13 deaths, but other estimates place the death toll closer to 100, according to the Bay News 9 article.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Department of Justice and Congress have all launched investigations into GM’s actions, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The total number of vehicles recalled in 2014 so far has risen to 40 million, according to the Los Angeles Times — and, as peoplewith both good and bad credit who are able to qualify for auto loans start to look to find a new car, it’s unlikely they will choose another GM vehicle.