GM issues stop-sale order on two Cadillac models due to safety concerns
General Motors has issued a stop-sale order on the Cadillac CTS and SRX, both of which were recalled late last month. The stop-sale covers all used Cadillac CTS sedans, coupes and wagons from model years 2003 to 2013, as well as new 2014 coupes and wagons. The SRX crossover stop-sale, meanwhile, only covers used vehicles from model years 2004 to 2006.
General Motors continues to look for a way to fix an ignition switch risk in half a million Cadillacs. The ignition switches in 554,328 Cadillacs from the 2004-2014 model years can move out of the “run” position for two reasons: Heavy key rings can pull the switch out of “run” if the car is jarred by severe bumps; and the driver’s knee can bump the key and knock the switch out of position. “We’re still working on it,” GM spokesman Alan Adler said Monday, noting that it’s unclear how long it will take to find a solution.
Thus far this year, GM has recalled over 14.5 million vehicles across the world due to their ignition switch problems, which have been linked to at least 16 deaths. The controversy surrounding GM has seen CEO Mary Barra face questioning in the U.S. Congress over her company’s response to the recalls, which senators say has been inadequate, even going as far as calling for the company’s top lawyer to be let go.
GM has also been forced to pay $35 million as a result of its negligence, according to the Department of Transportation, which said the company failed to respond in an appropriate manner. GM admits that it did not inform the government agency of the defect in the allotted time, and it also has agreed to deliver to the DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration “full access to the results of GM’s internal investigation into this recall.”
It’s isn’t unusual to recall cars for a danger before a fix is devised. By law, automakers have to tell the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of any safety flaw within five working days. Read more about the story here.