With the recent recalls and publicity surrounding American-made cars, consumers may lose even more interest in buying locally. How can we convince our consumers to keep their money local when there seems to be so much trouble? It doesn’t just stop with paint peels and door trim panels. More notable recalls affect the safety and security of the American line of cars.
The most recent recall for brake safety involves Chrysler after more than 850,000 Suvs are recalled for potential brake failure. While Chrysler’s recall is massive, other car companies have not fared to well in the brake department either. In August 2013, General Motors recalled over 250,000 Chevy Cruise sedans for what it described as power brake assist issues that resulted in more than twenty five accidents. I can’t help but think that the American car company’s continued cut backs have resulted in less than superior workmanship and even less than par quality parts being used to manufacture trusted American cars. If drivers cannot trust the safety and security of their brakes, what else should they be looking into?
With the need for style, speed and old car meets new car, fire safety quality has an issue for car manufactures. One of the more notable recalls involves the stylish and throwback models are the Dodge Challenger. Issues with the 2013 models prompted recalls on over, “4,000 cars.”(2) A faulty wire harness is to blame. If models are being thoroughly tested prior to market introductions, why is it that recalls are so sudden upon release of a new car? Perhaps, a more through testing period is needed to new market cars before introduction to the consumers is warranted.
The 2013/2013 Cadillac cars are no exception to recalls. The only problem here is that not only is it a brake issue but a brake issue that can result in a fire. The recall is described as “..a cavity plug on the brake booster pump connector may end up dislodging..” (3). There is nothing like being the proud owner of a brand new car that is sitting in the garage while you drive a rental around.
Should new car drivers be forced to automatically take their car to a private garage and have it inspected for potential safety issues that could jeopardize the safety of their family? It seems to be a plausible suggestion since there has been such major recalls that have left consumers in shambles. Recalls affect more than just the car. For the latest recall information without having to create an account check out Motor Trends Recall Site.