GM Recalls Vehicles Second Time For Same Issue

When there’s a recall, you expect your car to be fixed the first time. However, of the 20+ million vehicles General Motors has recalled for 2014, about four million that have called back are connected to previous recalls, according to a review of records by Automotive News

It seems General Motors is examining recalls that covered only “certain versions of a particular nameplate” or only certain models that may have shared a faulty part with another. For example, General Motors recently recalled the Saab 9-3 convertible for a faulty seat belt retractor, a piece that was recalled in Saab 9-3 sedans a decade ago.

“It really is, in the broadest possible sense, are there issues out there that we need to address?” General Motors spokesman Jim Cain explained. “And if we took action in the past, was it sufficient to correct the problem?”

The automaker now employs 60 product investigators – nearly three times more than it previously did – in the hopes of catching past mistakes, including mistakes related to replacement parts used in previous recalls.

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“With the level of scrutiny [GM is] under right now, they would prefer that cars have zero risk right now,” Kelley Blue Book analyst Alec Gutierrez told AN. “Even if there’s a one-in-a-million chance [of a problem], they’re going to go ahead [with a recall].”

Goran Aničić
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For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.

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