GM Recalls More Than 12,000 Cars
General Motors (GM) is recalling more than 12,000 vehicles.
The recall is composed of two separate call-backs that target two different models.
The first recall is aimed at the 2013 model of the Chevy Malibu, and covers about 8,500 cars. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it's possible that one or more of the bolts in the cars' rear suspension may not have been tightened enough. The loose bolts could lead affect how the car handles mid-drive, potentially leading to accidents.
The risk is particularly worrisome at high speeds, when slight adjustments are significant enough to alter the car's path quickly and cause collisions.
The second recall targets about 3,896 cars from a number of different model types: the Chevy Camaro, Buick Verano, Chevy Cruz, and Chevy Sonic. This call-back affects 2012 models, and is necessary due to a snafu that blocks the airbags from deploying during impact.
So far, G.M. says that there have been no injuries or accidents caused by either of these two issues.
The car company will contact those whose vehicles are involved in the recall and replace their vehicles' parts as needed.
Automobile recalls are, unfortunately, not a rare occurrence. Toyota recently recalled about 1 million vehicles due to airbags deploying at improper times.
For G.M., the recall comes soon after the company reported increased sales across the United States during January. The company's sales grew 16 percent over the same time last year, with its Chevy, Cadillac, GMC, and Buick brands all posting sales increases. Notably, Cadillac grew by almost 50 percent.
In fact, all three Detroit auto companies posted gains during January, yet another healthy sign for the U.S. auto industry. Ford sales improved by 22 percent, while Chrysler went up 16 percent.
Even foreign competitors did well, signaling that demand for cars is strong across the spectrum. Toyota sales leaped 27 percent compared to Jan. 2012, while Honda also saw a boost of nearly 13 percent.
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