General Motors Announces 4 more recalls this week


The details for the latest set are as follows:

1,339,355 2009-2014 Buick Enclave, Chevy Traverse & GMC Acadia and 2009-2010 Saturn Outlooks.  This recall is for a cable that connects the seat belt to the seat, over time the cable can wear causing separation from the seat.  If this occurs during a crash it may increase the possibility of injury as the seat belt will no longer work properly.

1,075,102  2004-2008 Chevrolet Malibu and 2005-2008 Pontiac G6 vehicles for a transmission cable issue.  It is only for the 4 speed automatic transmission version.  The transmission cable may crack causing an inability to shift into a different gear, put the vehicle in park or remove the key from the ignition.  GM says that there has been 1 injury and 18 crashes that they are aware of directly related to this issue.

1,402  2015  Cadillac Escalades are being recalled because of a passenger side airbag issue.  It could cause an improper deployment of the airbag in a crash.  GM has told Cadillac to stop selling these Escalades until the recall has been resolved.  Customers who have already bought their brand new Escalades were informed that they are not to have anyone sit in the passenger side front seat until they have had their SUV taken care of .

58  2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks.  The recall only affects the Heavy Duty version of the trucks with the 220 amp generator.  According to GM the clips that hold the fuse block to the body can loosen causing the fuse block to move and possibly cause a fire.

The total of recalled vehicles for GM this year has now increased to over 15 million.

Cadillac Steps up its game for 2011, Do you want one now?

For the 2011 Model year, Cadillac will be giving buyers free maintenence up to four-year/50k miles. This includes Oil changes, tire rotation, engine and cabin filters, and multi-point inspections. Cadillac also includes a full year of OnStar, a 5 year 100,000 mile powertrain warranty, and a 4 year 50,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty.

So with that said, will you be buying a Cadillac based on this? Does the replacement of cheap maintenance parts really make you want to pick a Cadillac over a BMW, Lexus, Mercedes, or Infiniti? My answer is Absolutely not. If you were on the fence and already considering a Cadillac, I’m sure this could be a deal breaker. But lets look a little at what their giving you.

Free oil changes. Many others already offer this and if not, oil changes range from $40 – $90 every 3-5k miles. Engine filters are in the sub $20 range and should be changed every other oil change or every time if you really want to be a freak about it. Cabin filters are also inexpensive and don’t need to be changed very often. Last but not least, most oil change places will rotate your tires for free when you get your oil change done OR when you go to the local tire shop to replace the always sub-par factory tires, they’ll offer free rotations as a courtesy to buying tires from them.

So that leaves us with a multi point inspections which is questionable of what that even means. Fluid checks, tire kicking, computer scan, brake check? All of this can be had or done for free. So if your siting home ready to buy a new Lexus and see a Cadillac ad about free maintenance, just remember how nice a Lexus is before you go running to the Cadillac dealer with your check book. Of coarse, this is just my biased foreign car guy opinion. This is after all.