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People Just Think That GM Has a Minor Problem December 23, 2010

Posted by gregquill in Uncategorized.
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General Motors, which got out of bankruptcy quickly, re-paid the Feds quickly and says “Everythingisjustpeachynowthanks” quickly is recalling 100,000 cars for what are described as two problems.

Sometimes the rear axle comes loose, and sometimes the passenger side airbag doesn’t work.

Actually, it’s one combined problem, called “The Middle Aged Marriage Option (MAMO)”.

About 99.9% of male drivers resent their wives giving opinions, directions, instructions, or even conversation while they are driving. GM put in a fix: slide the floor mat unobtrusively, and the rear axle comes loose, makes an arc and flies into the passenger seat from above. Then, the passenger air bag inflates at about mach 2, combining the axle and the former passenger into – well, it ain’t pretty. But problem solved.

GM is making huge profits on installing new axles, new air bags and of course new passenger side seats. In by nine, out by noon.

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1. gregquill - December 29, 2010

GM has cleverly hid the recalls among several others:

Sensor mat issue prompts GM Cadillac recall

DETROIT | Thu Dec 23, 2010 12:22pm EST
(Reuters) – General Motors Co is recalling 109,000 Cadillac CTS cars worldwide for the model years 2005 to 2007 because a mat under the seat that senses the front passenger could break and disable the front air bag.

Repeated “flexing” of the passenger sensing system mat in the front seat could cause the mat to “kink, bend or fold,” according to a notice posted by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and GM on Thursday.

This could break the connections in the mat and as a result the sensor may not detect the front passenger and will disable the air bag. The mats must be replaced.

Of the 95,927 cars recalled in the United States, GM is recalling 46,070 cars from the 2006 model year and 33,138 from the 2007 model year. The remainder are from the 2005 model year.

GM said there were no injuries or fatalities linked to this defect.

The recalls are the latest in a string involving GM, which re-entered the public markets last month in a record initial public offering.

Last week, GM recalled about 111,000 Chevy Equinox, GMC Terrain and Cadillac SRX 2011 small SUV models because the anchor to the seatbelt buckle may fail.

In November, GM recalled nearly 200,000 compact pickup trucks due to missing child seat anchors– an issue not linked to last week’s recall.

Additionally, U.S. safety regulators are investigating reports of power steering loss and crashes in 2004-2007 Saturn Ion sedans. GM closed the Saturn brand.

In a separate notice Thursday, GM said it was recalling more than 1,200 Cadillac Escalade EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche and Silverado and GMC Sierra vehicles for 2011 model year.

In these vehicles, the rear axle cross pin might fracture or shift out of position. This might cause the rear axle to lock and the driver might lose control of the car.

2. jim - January 5, 2011

i like it


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