Some GM Cars Have a Faulty Battery, Vehicle Recall Issued
General Motors has issued a vehicle recall for 42,904 vehicles after a problem arose with the automobiles’ general control modules (GCM) that could cause “a gradual loss of battery charge and the illumination of the malfunction indicator light.”
If the automobile’s owner continues to drive after the malfunction emerges, the engine can stall, or fail to start. There may also be “a burning or melting odor, smoke, and possibly a fire in the trunk,” according to information posted Monday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The vehicle recall affects certain model years 2012 and 2013 Buick LaCrosse and Regal vehicles, as well as model year 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Ecos, which are equipped with eAssist. The eAssist feature was designed to improve fuel economy in certain automobiles by pairing a lithium-ion battery system and a compact electric motor with the regular engine.
Cars built after December 2012 are not part of the vehicle recall notice.
General Motors is aware of two trunk fires related to the issue, which happened in the first 1,000 miles of operation. No injuries have been reported. GM will notify all vehicle owners and repair the problem for free at a local dealership.
Defective Products and Vehicle Recall Cases
General Motors filed for bankruptcy in 2009, and since then has become a leaner, stronger company. However, this recall notice could make consumers wonder if GM’s recovery is real. Although it is a small recall, it affects several popular vehicles, and the engine problems are potentially deadly.
To protect yourself and your family, it’s important to know what products have been recalled because they are defective or unsafe. Federal agencies such as the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the CPSC (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) frequently issue recalls for medical devices, drugs, and products that may be harmful to consumers.
The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Vehicle Recall Injury Cases
If you have experienced a problem with a defective product in your automobile, especially if a defective part has led to an auto accident or personal injury, and a proper vehicle recall notice has not been issued, you may be entitled to compensation. The attorneys at the Strom Law Firm can help. We can help you with complicated auto insurance claims, and make sure you receive the compensation you deserve to help you with lost income and medical bills. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in South Carolina, Georgia, and New York. We offer free, confidential consultations to discuss the facts of your case, so contact us today at (803) 252-4800.