According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of deaths linked to traffic accidents has been dropping considerably since the early 2000s. But due to a lack of reporting, official statistics do not show how many of the deaths we still see yearly are directly associated with issues haunting drivers regularly.
They include distracted driving and equipment failure. Two problems that expose innocent drivers, passengers, and others in Washington and in the rest of the country to deadly risks.
The latest two recall campaigns launched by General Motors are very similar to recall campaigns launched in the past couple of years. Issues linked to the older recalls unfortunately exposed several individuals to injuries and even death.
According to the NHTSA, GM has recalled all units of the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban vehicles as well as the 2014 and 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks.
These vehicles have been fitted with ignition lock actuators that could bind. If that’s the case, the key may not turn the way it’s designed to, and the difficulty could cause the key to get stuck in the “Start” position.
This is a similar issue to GM’s 2014 ignition switch recall that impacted millions of vehicles. The problem was responsible for several injuries and deaths. But according to the NHTSA, no accidents have been linked to this recall.
Regulators are urging consumers who are impacted to contact the manufacturer to learn more about this recall or wait until GM contacts them directly to schedule a visit to a local dealer. Once in a dealer, impacted vehicles should have the ignition lock housing replaced for free.
Another recall launched by GM is also associated with an issue very similar to another major recall campaign launched by Takata earlyer in 2015.
GM says that its 2015 Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Camaro, Equinox, Malibu, and GMC Terrain vehicles are fitted with front seat-mounted side impact air bags that come with inflators that could rupture once they deploy.
If that’s the case, metal shards could impact occupants and deadly injuries could occur as a result.
GM has claimed that impacted vehicle owners are already being contacted. If you weren’t contacted but you were impacted by the recall, reach out to the manufacturer for more details on how you should act.
At dealers, the side impact air bag modules should be replaced entirely for free. Have your car serviced before you’re involved in an injury accident.