Things appear to be getting worse for General Motors. After a seemingly standard recall has mushroomed into a crisis and an inquiry from the Department of Justice, the embattled automaker is issuing another recall notice. This time, there will be five separate recalls which will affect more than 2.5 million vehicles.
Distracted driving has long since become a national issue. It has spawned a number of safety campaigns and even legislation to help curb what has become a dangerous, yet mainstream, practice in Arizona and across the United States. While teen drivers appear to be the group most at risk, a recent study showed that even parents can be guilty of distracted driving.
While distracted driving has become a national safety issue, it can be argued that drowsy driving is an equally dangerous practice that can lead to catastrophic results. Indeed, technological advancements, such as blind spot warning systems, and lane integrity detection systems may help to prevent drowsy driving accidents, but there are some who believe that the current video-based technology may not be as helpful.
What used to be touted as a luxury item in new cars will soon be an essential piece of safety equipment. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a final rule that will require all passenger cars, trucks, minivans and SUVs to have rearview back-up cameras installed on new vehicles built after May 1, 2018.
In our last post, we highlighted the initiation of the U.S. Justice Department’s criminal investigation into General Motors, stemming from the mass recall of several vehicles due to problems with their ignition switches. Essentially, the ignition could be inadvertently turned from “run” to “accessory,” thus causing a driver to potentially lose control of the vehicle.
The problems continue to mount for embattled automaker General Motors stemming from its initial recall earlier this year. What started as a recall to fix potentially faulty ignition switches on 700,000 Chevy Cobalts built between 2005 and 2007 and 2007 Pontiac G5s has morphed into a recall that includes more than 1 million vehicles.