GM Says It's Probably Done Recalling Old Cars

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For a while this summer, it seemed like the General Motors recalls would never stop, that all the vehicles they had ever sold would keep getting recalled for various defects until all of us simply got old and died. Now it's mid-September, and GM says they're done, pretty much.

CNBC reported this week that GM is likely done with recalls of old cars, and that after their top-to-bottom safety review, they have addressed most of the problems they discovered. Here's what CEO Mary Barra had to say:

"I think as we look to the past, we are substantially complete," she said. "If we find issues, we will address (them), but the most important thing we are doing is ... making sure we create defect-free vehicles as we move forward."

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As that story notes, GM has recalled about 29 million cars this year alone, and two-thirds of them have been older cars they no longer make dating back to the mid-1990s. The volume of recalls has been insane, for sure, and it raised real questions about the quality of their products, but in the end I still think it was the right thing to do given the scandal behind the delayed response to the Cobalt's problems.

Does that mean all the recalled GM cars have been fixed already? Not quite. CNBC says that of the 2.6 million cars recalled for faulty ignition switches, about one million have been repaired while replacement parts should be ready by the beginning of October. It's safe to assume that not all the other recalled cars have been fixed yet either, but they're getting there.

I can't say I'll miss Recallpalooza 2014, if it is in fact almost over.

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emilminty
emilminty drives an E30

"Done with recalls, like the serially unfaithful girlfriend who swears after being caught for the 15th time that she's done cheating, until that night when she's out drinking with her girlfriends at [insert name of Central PA dive bar] and her ex-boyfriend walks in, the one that she's always dropping hints about having a massive piece of equipment, not that it matters, yours is just fine, she likes it that size, and there she is, cheating again, and you know exactly what's going to happen, but you buy it anyway, cause $500 under invoice on a new Cruze is just too good a deal to pass up." — said in the RCR guy's voice.