The latest GM recall that affects Middle Eastern customers
It isn’t the best of times over at General Motors at the moment, with recall after recall and a staggering 20.5 million vehicles already called back this year for a variety of safety and defective parts, the number has surged once more with the manufacturer carrying out its latest recall on Friday, 27th June 2014. This time, covering over 473,600 vehicles, the manufacturer has called back its latest Chevrolet Corvette, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Sierra, of which nearly 8,000 of the affected units reside in the Middle East.
Diagnosed with an issue in the rear shock absorbers, dealers around the world will be contacting owners of 1,939 Chevrolet Corvette’s to have their rear shock absorbers inspected and replaced free of cost, to avoid potential issues which could arise from the insufficient welding in the rear shocks. Corvette models that have been fitted with the FE1 or FE3 suspension system, could potentially be under threat, as insufficient welding in the rear shocks could lead to a fracture and / or reduce the shock’s service life.
While General Motors is said to have not heard of any crashes or injuries related to the problem, sources at General Motors in the region inform us that 51 Corvette’s out of the affected 1,939 units are currently in the region and that owners will be contacted to get their vehicles inspected and have parts replaced at no cost whatsoever.
Chevrolet Silverado & GMC Sierra
Out of the 466,940 vehicles affected worldwide, 7,896 units of the 2014 model year Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra have found refuge in the Middle East. Recognized to have an issue with the transfer case, which could potentially switch gears into Neutral without any input from the driver, the full-size pick-up trucks have been reeled in to have their Transfer Case Control Modules reprogrammed, to avoid potential issues.
If the problem arises while the truck is in motion, customers would experience a sudden reduction in power. However, if it were to happen while the truck is in Park and the hand-brake isn’t engaged, there is a risk it could potentially roll and find itself into another vehicle.
While the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe suffers from the same ailments as its aforementioned Silverado sibling, customers in the Middle East can rest easy, as the delayed introduction of the Tahoe into the region has ensured all models will go through a thorough inspection and be cleared of any issues before going on sale.
With precisely 48 callbacks this year, and some of which are counted more than once as vehicles had to be called back for multiple recall-related repairs, 2014 hasn’t been an easy year for GM’s CEO Mary Barra. However, as mentioned in a recent TV interview, more recalls were like, as GM accelerates their review of older, lingering problems and scrutinizes potential troubles with new vehicles.