150K General Motors SUV Spare tire jacks recalled as they may break or collapse
Spare tire jacks on almost 150,000 Buick Encore and Trailblazer SUVs were part of a recall GM issued this month as there were reports that the jacks may splinter or suddenly break while they’re in use.
Particularly, 2020-2022 Buick Encore GX SUVs and 2021-2022 Chevrolet Trailblazers are covered in the recall because of the spare tire jacks, which may cause the vehicle to fall when they’re in use and end in a fatally dangerous accident.
Vehicle Safety defects: what are they?
Every year, vehicle recalls happen and are reported by manufacturers because of an unfortunate safety defect in their vehicles. Vehicle manufacturers may know of these defects either by customer reports or through safety checks.
In 2018 alone, 29.3 million vehicles were part of 914 recalls, and over thousands of Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) were sent out by the car companies themselves to their service dealers.
This gives people who have bought or leased the vehicle time to get their cars checked, but it may be too late for ones who have gone through an accident because of the defects. In these scenarios, car manufacturers are supposed to be responsible for how much the repairs will be or possibly extend the warranty of the vehicle.
Although with TSBs are sent out by the car manufacturers, they are not obliged to tell customers about it. They may not also cover the owner’s costs because of the repairs linked to the TSB. This happens even if the TSBs mentioned there are recurring problems that were overlooked during the manufacturing of the vehicles.
Some defects are not reported immediately, or when they are detected, the warranty of most customers is already up. In this case, car companies may often deny that the defect was because of a fault during manufacture, which leaves the car owners to pay the bill for the repairs.
Further details on the recall
General Motors informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that the tire jacks are fairly sturdy, but if not used properly or the owner did not use them according to the instructions on the manual, the jack may end up having issues.
There also seems to be a problem where car manufacturers have difficulty getting replacement parts of the defective jacks when needed.
For newer vehicles, General Motors will only begin replacing the tire jacks around the end of July, and they advise owners not to use the jacks if in case they get a flat tire. They can call Chevrolet Roadside Assistance Center at 800-243-8872 or the Buick Roadside Assistance Center at 800-252-1112.
As General Motors could not find any parts to replace the spare tire jacks for its newly manufactured cars, they will continue selling the vehicles without the emergency jacks. GM will send out the jack at a later date.
About General Motors
Located in Detroit, Michigan, General Motors handles everything from designing to selling vehicles and vehicle parts. They also dabble in financial services, and their international offices are in Detroit’s Renaissance Center.
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