No joke: GM's recall fix for possible car fire: just "don't park in a garage".
October 31, 2015
Another auto recall has left car owners shocked when GM's current recall advice is simply 'don't park in a garage'.
If you are one of the 1.4 million owners of a 1997-2004 Pontiac Grand Prix, 2000-2004 Chevrolet Impala, 1998-1999 Chevrolet Lumina, 1998-2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 1998-1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue, or 1997-2004 Buick Regal, there is a chance of a car fire when oil leaks onto the manifold. Yes these same vehicles had been recalled previously for the same problem, but since the original recall almost 1,500 of them caught fire anyway. GM admits they don't have a solution about how to eliminate the fire risk, nor do they have a timetable for when they will...but until then their best advice is to not park 'in a garage, car port or other structure.'
So far 19 injuries have also been associated with the fires, and mounting numbers of garage and house fires, leading to their advice to not park in a structure. 85% of the fires occur after the driver has parked the car and left it. That's their solution? Just don't park in a garage? Shocking isn't it? Read more about the recall here.
Previously automakers have been held financially accountable for deaths, injuries, and even value loss when they sold vehicles that they either knew were defective, or weren't able to find a viable solution for the problem. This may ultimately be the case here as well. At the law office of T. Verner Smith, we have helped clients who have fallen victim to product defects. Contact us for a free consultation anytime you feel you have been wronged in this way. Not only do you and your family likely qualify for some sort of compensation, but such lawsuits also force companies to do a better job of producing safe products for the general public.