GM Recalling 100,000 SUVs for Seatbelts

General Motors is recalling almost 100,000 of its 2011 model year crossover SUVs because the front seat belts could come loose in a crash. The models involved in the recall are the Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain and Cadillac SRX compact. A total of 97,843 vehicles are involved in the recall.

The problem was discovered during development tests in September where the seat belt buckle anchor failed. The seat belt buckle anchor is used on the driver and passenger side seat belts.

While the seat belts won’t fail on a first impact, GM spokesman Alan Adler said, they could fail during a secondary impact.

GM will begin mailing letters to owners of the vehicles in mid-January. Owners will be asked to bring the vehicles to a GM dealer to have the seat belt buckles modified.

If you have seat belt problems with any GM vehicle three or more times during your original or extended manufacturers warranty, you have rights and it is important to look into them to determine the remedies you are entitled to. For more information, please call us at 1-800 LEMON LAW (1-800-536-6652) or send us an e-mail.

General Motors Recalls 2005-08 Pontiac Vibe

General Motors is recalling 161,754 2005-’08 Pontiac Vibes to correct a problem with the engine control module that could lead to engine stalling. The campaign is linked directly to last week’s recall by Toyota of more than 1.1 million Corolla and Matrix vehicles from the same model years. All three vehicles — Vibe, Corolla and Matrix — are based on the Corolla platform.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the engine control module on cars equipped with the 1ZZ-FE (LV6) engine and two-wheel drive “may have been improperly manufactured.”

NHTSA said that, in some cases, “the engine may not start or the engine could shut off while the vehicle is being driven.”

GM has not yet provided an owner notification schedule, but its dealers will correct the defective cars free of charge. Contact GM at 800-620-7668 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.

Pontiac G6 Smells of Mildew

Visitor Alisha presented this problem about a Pontiac G6 with possible mildew problems:

I have a 2009 Pontiac G6. I have had the car for 6 months. I bought it off the lot with 8,000 miles on it. It now has 14,000. Over the last month I have brought the car in 4 times b/c there is a mildew smell coming out of the ac vents. The dealership has taken the car in and done everything GM has told them to do and the problem still is not fixed. They said the a/c is running so cold that it sweats and the water pools up on the evaporator core and just sits there and doesn’t evaporate.
What can I do. PS I think the mildew smell might be making me sick. Funny, since I bought the car in October I have been sick almost every single month there after. What are my rights/options at this point? Obviously the car is still under bumper to bumper factory warranty.

There is a drain that comes through the firewall, it is a black rubber pipe which is pinched on the end to prevent air getting in but allows water out, make sure it isn’t blocked. It should be checked during a service. You can find it by getting under the car with the air conditioner on, water will drip from it after system is run for a little while on warm days.

Frigi-Fresh professional grade is formulated to help remove foul, musty odors from automobile air conditioning systems. It kills mold, mildew and other odor-producing organisms that grow in the evaporator core and housing. The problem for the dealer is getting to it. The heater will not heat the air conditioner coils as it is down stream in the system in all cars I know of, but running the fan with warm air from outside or the cabin will dry the coils some. It is a good idea to turn off the air conditioner, leaving the fan on and recirculating for a few minutes before you reach your destination to allow it to dry out but again not a long lasting remedy.

If odor continues the a/c evaporator core in the dash would need to be replaced. All are considering there is no other water leaking or collecting in the carpets in the vehicle interior from other sources like a leaky sunroof.

A consumer in this situation definitely has legal rights and should contact a Lemon Law Attorney as soon as possible. For a list of Lemon Law Attorneys, click here. For a summary of the Lemon Laws for each state, please click here.

GM Recalls 40,000 Chevrolet Corvettes for Steering Column Issue

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, General Motors has recalled over 40,000 Chevrolet Corvettes from model years 2005 and 2006 that have a tilt and telescoping steering column.

NHTSA explains that the repeated movement of the steering column may result into a signal interruption within the column. The action will thus illuminate the message “Service active handling System.” In rare instances, the malfunctioning may result in actuating one or more of the brakes and pull the Corvette to the right or left. Inability of the driver to take control of his vehicle may result into a fatal accident.

The steering wheel columns of the affected Chevrolet Corvette vehicles will be repaired by the GM dealers for free. The safety recall has already begun. The owners may contact Chevrolet at 800-630-2438 or GMC at 866-996-9463. They may also contact NHTSA’s vehicle safety hot line at 888-327-4236.

If you have steering column problems three or more times during your original or extended manufacturers warranty, you have rights and it is important to look into them to determine the remedies you are entitled to. For more information, please call us at 1-800 LEMON LAW (1-800-536-6652) or send us an e-mail.

GM Recalling 1.3M Vehicles Over Steering Problems

General Motors Company is recalling 1.3 million vehicles in North America to address a power steering problem that has been linked to 14 crashes and one injury, the company said.

The recall covers the 2005-2010 model year Chevrolet Cobalt and 2007-2010 Pontiac G5 in the United States; 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit sold in Canada, and the 2005-2006 Pontiac G4 sold in Mexico, GM said in a statement.

The sudden loss of power steering can occur at any time and consumers are urged to not wait for the recall notice if the problem happens. They are to report to an authorized manufacturer’s dealer immediately for assistance.

If your power steering goes out three or more times during your original or extended manufacturers warranty, you have rights and it is important to look into them to determine the remedies you are entitled to. For more information, please call us at 1-800 LEMON LAW (1-800-536-6652) or send us an e-mail.

Read more: Autonews.com.

GM Recalls 2005-2007 Corvettes for Faulty Roof Panels

General Motors has issued a recall for thousands of Corvettes because it says the cars may have faulty adhesive that could cause their roofs to come off while driving.

According to a recall notice issued Monday, the recall affects 2005-07 model year Corvettes, and 2006-07 model year Z06 Corvettes. The cars that are part of the recall are equipped with removable roofs, according to the notice.

“If there is a partial separation, the driver may notice one or more symptoms, such as a snapping noise when driving over bumps, wind noise, poor roof panel fit, roof panel movement/bounce when a door or hatch is closed, or a water leak in the headliner,” the notice says.

WWJ says the recall includes more than 22,000 cars. GM is attempting to fix the potential problem by installing redesigned roof panels, according to The Detroit News.

The recall notice says those who are affected by the recall should call 1-888-327-4236 or visit http://safercar.gov.

GM Recalls 2010 Cadillac DTS

General Motors recently announced that its 2010 Cadillac DTS is the subject of a new safety recall in the United States, after the company discovered that 126 units fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard no. 110 – “Tire selection and rims”.

According to an official recall notification posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website, “the tire and loading information label, which lists the proper tire and vehicle loading information, was not installed on the vehicle. In addition, there are two labels affixed to affected vehicles that incorrectly describe them as an incomplete vehicle.”

“One label is the vehicle certification label, which certifies that the vehicle conforms to all applicable US Federal Motor Vehicle Safety, bumper and theft prevention standards,” it is mentioned in the advisory. “The second label is the service parts identification label, which lists various components used in the manufacturing of the vehicle.”

Obviously, such a safety glitch doesn’t have too serious consequences over an affected vehicle but still, it can mislead the driver when trying to set the appropriate tire pressure.

“Driving the vehicle with tires that are not properly inflated could result in the tire overloading, premature or irregular wear, and/or poor handling increasing the risk of a crash,” GM warned in the NHTSA notification.

Contrary to regular recalls, GM won’t inspect the affected models but instead, it will mail the three correct labels to owners along with an installation manual. In case this proves to be a too difficult task, you can always take the vehicle and the labels to any official dealer and get them installed at no charge.

Pontiac G8 GT with Vapor Leak Problems

Amy wrote us this question:

I have a 2009 Pontiac G8 GT and I have had nothing but problems from the word go all surrounding things involving the fuel tank, gas cap, air bag sensor and now finding out today that it may have a vapor leak. I have had my car to the shop numerous times, the check engine light stays on more than off, I have had my car 10 months and they have had the gas tank and exhaust system off twice already, it is very aggravating having to go to the shop every little whip stach and I am wondering how many times parts have to be replaced before the car is considered a lemon?

Hi Amy:

Whether your car is a “lemon” under the law, depends a lot on the particular state you in which you purchased and registered the car. State lemon laws vary, but most require a finding that the same symptom was subject to complaint by the consumer to the dealership an “unreasonable number of times” and the symptom “substantially impairs the vehicle’s use, value or safety.” If you let us know the state of purchase and registration, we can forward your question to a lawyer who is licensed to practice in the state involved.

GM Recalls Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5, Saturn Ion Due to Fire Hazard

General Motors and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a recall for the following models:

  • 2006-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt’s
  • 2007 Pontiac G5′s
  • 2006-2007 Saturn Ion

NHTSA says in its alert: “General Motors is recalling certain model year 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion vehicles originally sold in or currently registered in the states of Arizona and Nevada; and model year 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5 and Saturn Ion vehicles originally sold in or currently registered in the states of Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada and Texas.

The plastic supply or return port on the modular reservoir assembly may crack. If either of these ports develops a crack, fuel will leak from the area. If the crack becomes large enough, fuel may be observed dripping onto the ground and vehicle performance may be affected.”

General Motors has provided phone numbers for consumers to call if they have additional questions or concerns. Chevrolet owners can call 800-630-2438; Saturn owners can call 800-972-8876; and Pontiac owners can call 800-620-7668. Or, owners of the affected vehicles can log on to www.gmownercenter.com for additional information.

Read the full NHTSA Alert

Steering Defects and Water Leaks a Common Problem with General Motors Vehicles

A concerned consumer, Art, recently asked this question:

I have just brought my 2008 Saturn Aura to the dealers for steering box “knocking” which he wrote up on the service ticket. The service person noted to me a mildew odor in the car and this turned into the “discovery” of a real serious water leak. The service person went immediately to the source; He quickly revealed standing water under the front passengers side carpet!

Now Saturn is going to locate and fix the problem? and replace all carpeting.

My concern is…CAN this type of problem really be fixed? Is this not a serious health issue?

Thank you for your inquiry. In fact, GM is having a major problem with both of the described conditions in many of it’s products. Hundreds of my clients are undergoing multiple repairs for steering defects. Repairs range from lubrication to replacement of end links, steering gears, steering shafts and steering columns. Many clients indicate the noise and sometimes looseness or binding just keeps coming back.

The same can be said for water leaks. I have hundreds of GM clients who experience repeat water leaks and resultant mold and mildew in their vehicles.

The best advice I can give you is to aggressively return your vehicle under warranty for repairs for both issues. Of course, if the conditions are successfully repaired in a “reasonable” number of attempts or in a “reasonable” number of days in the shop, GM did what it is supposed to do under the warranty.

On the other hand, if GM goes through an “unreasonable” number of repair attempts or there are an “unreasonable” number of days in the shop and the conditions remain, e-mail us back and we will put you in touch with a lawyer who may be able to help you free of charge.

Also, feel free to check out www.lemonlaw.com/breakmold.html for more information on leaking and moldy vehicles.

Bob