General Motors has been one of the most well known names in motor vehicle production for over a century. Founded in 1908, the company produces cars in 37 countries worldwide, under the brands Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, and international brands Holden, Vauxhall, Wuling, Baojun, Jie Fang and UzDaewoo. It was the leader in global car sales for 77 years straight, from 1931 to 2007. With a history like that, you would think that buying a Chevy or a GMC would mean that you were getting something safe and reliable to drive.
Not if you’re driving a GM in the first months of 2014. The company, to date this year, has issued a record 38 recalls in the United States alone, totaling over 16.5 million cars. The company is also under investigation by the United States Congress due to a dramatic delay in these recalls in some states. They have already agreed to pay the $35 million fine that has been levied against them, but Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx is moving to have those fines increased from $35 million to $300 million as a way to send a message that these delays are not tolerable.
GM has also been cited in the past for fuel efficiency claims that are just untrue. Consumer Reports in Canada discovered that some of the cars that GM sells consume as much as 1/3 more fuel than their fuel efficiency stickers claim. The company has also been sued by the United States Department of Justice for environmental destruction because their cars and their plants are notorious for heavy air and environmental pollution.