As if General Motors is not dealing with enough challenge, they have just announced another series of recalls. The latest is a recall of 284,913 Chevrolet Aveo and Optra vehicles of model years 2004 to 2008 in the U.S. and other markets. 218,000 of these t cars were recalled in the U.S. The vehicles are being recalled due to a fire hazard.
According to the documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), General Motors reported that the daytime running light in the dashboard of these cars could overheat and lead to fire. The automaker reported that it is aware of some fire incidents. However, no reports of casualties have been made.
Earlier this week, GM announced four separate recalls in the U.S. affecting 2.42 million vehicles. The automaker is trying to resolve outstanding safety issues quickly.
As we posted on our blog recently, due to the series of recalls, GM has hired 35 new product investigators to review its vehicles. The $35 million fine GM agreed to pay to the U.S. safety regulators regarding the delayed recall of 2.6 million vehicles associated with 31 crashes is the maximum amount of fine the government can impose. This penalty constitutes only one day’s revenue of GM based on the company’s sales in the first quarter of 2014.
GM has issued more recalls this year than ever before. There have been 29 separate recalls covering 13.8 million U.S. cars and trucks, and 15.8 million vehicles worldwide. GM has already recalled more cars and trucks in the U.S. this year than it has sold in the five years since it filed for bankruptcy.
GM troubles seem far from over. We will continue to bring you updates. For more information, contact one of our Gacovino Lake attorneys at 1-800-246-HURT (4878).