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GM Announces Another 718K Recalls, Bringing 2014 Total To Nearly 30 Million

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It had been almost a month without a GM recall announcement of some sort. So, as many knew was long overdue three weeks into the second half, GM just did what it truly excels in (aside from being bailed out by taxpayers at a massive loss): admit that it had skimped on the quality control and safety check of  another 717,950 cars, all of which were new models bult 2010 and later including Camaro, Equinox, Caprice, Regal, Malibu and so on. In other words, all cars built after GM emerged from bankruptcy. This bring the total number of recalls year to date to a ludicrous 29.2 million around the globe, or well over three time the total number of cars sold in the past three years.

The reasons for the recall? Numerous, but some amusing ones stand out:

  • A loss of power to a laser welding machine may have resulted in an incomplete weld in the seat hook bracket
  • The bolt that secures the height adjuster actuator may become loose or fall out. If the bolt falls out, the seat will move up and down freely because it is no longer attached at the height adjuster
  • Steering control can be maintained because the vehicle will revert to manual steering mode, but would require greater driver effort particularly at low vehicle speeds.
  • Separation of the lower control arm from the steering knuckle while driving could resulting in loss of steering control

And so on. But aside from the stock miraculously not soaring on this latest batch of great news, we expect that deadbeat GM consumers, armed to the teeth with those subprime loans we reported on over the weekend, will have no problem with the prospect of driving a free and paid for (by the government) car which may just transform into an uncontrollable 2 ton paperweight at 65 mph. Call it the "excitement from instant death risk" option (included free in every car).

Total YTD recalls vs GM car sales in the past three years and historical recalls:


And the full list of GM recalls in 2014 alone, also known in a few years as "Evidence A":


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Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:41 | 4994256 COSMOS
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Can we recall all our manufacturing assembly lines from China?  Might be a good excuse to get our equipment back.

I like this recall reason 'Separation of the lower control arm from the steering knuckle while driving could resulting in loss of steering control' it exemplifies the state our nation.  Totally out of steering control.   Going fast and going to CRASH

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:51 | 4994330 Berspankme
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BinLaden is dead and GM is alive- well sort of alive

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:07 | 4994390 lordylord
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If the free market works so well, then why doesn't GM go bankrupt?  Answer that you stupid libertarians.  This is obviously just another example of the free market failing.  If the government would intevene, there wouldn't be this recall problem.  We need MORE government NOW!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:15 | 4994479 COSMOS
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Still no where near the number of recalls the F35 has had LOL

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:26 | 4994540 Bearhug Bernanke
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You sound like a pleasant person to be around.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:45 | 4994637 lordylord
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"You sound like a pleasant person to be around."

My humor depends greatly on the quality of my companyAnyway, I thought I laid the sarcasm pretty thick.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:07 | 4994751 Pool Shark
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GM Engineer: "First, I have visions. Then, I have revisions."



Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:15 | 4994790 Moe Howard
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Not thick enough for this crowd. Better use the /sarc tag.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:14 | 4994474 BorisTheBlade
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Zombie-style alive.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:16 | 4994795 Moe Howard
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Is it possible to bury GM at sea? Quietly, without any video or photos? Please?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:59 | 4994710 Kirk2NCC1701
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Slo-mo, reverse takeover. Chinese style:  Let GM stock go down the tubes, take over cheap.

Ditto for Detroit RE.  The Chinese are the biggest RE buyers in the city.  Coincidence?  I think NOT!

Great geographic location, and inside track to US automotive industry.  Especially when the Chinese clean house and start makin/importing Chinese cars.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:39 | 4994264 RiskyBidness
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yet look at the fuckin stock price.  Almost $38 a share.  This should be a pink slip!!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:44 | 4994295 disabledvet
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Treasuries are rallying...sounds likes fine time to issue 100 billion in debt after having thrown all the bondholders under the bus in 2008.

Heck they could probably back by the warranty claims!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:39 | 4994268 CheapBastard
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Can it get any more Bullish? Krugman is getting a Hardon.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:40 | 4994269 101 years and c...
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Don't miss your chance to own a piece of shit that will be recalled in 3-5 years.  Don't like your wife and want her out of the way?  Buying her a Chevy is a great way to speed up the path to making yourself a widow.  

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:14 | 4994783 Moe Howard
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Widower. Sorry for the "anal" correction.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:40 | 4994271 buzzsaw99
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total recall. the irony, it burns.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:54 | 4994352 Lewshine
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Anyone who owns a GM vehicle, by definition, shows the world they know absolutely nothng about vehicle quality.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:02 | 4994395 Bay of Pigs
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Bailout Nation. Epic Fail.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:41 | 4994623 Freddie
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They are big retards like Obama voters aka Democrats.  Yeah the GOP-e sucks too.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:45 | 4996457 StychoKiller
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Truly, you put in an Oscar-winning performance in that movie!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:41 | 4994273 NOTaREALmerican
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Just give everybody a new car,  on the house.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:47 | 4994311 passenger_pidgin
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Subsidy? - check.  Broken windows? - check.  Population reduction? - check.  You might have a future at a think tank, my good Merican.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:08 | 4994430 yogibear
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That would put people to work, better than the banksters getting bailed out

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:40 | 4994274 Zero Govt
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GM's been run (down) by the Unions for years

they wrecked Detroit's just a matter of clock watching on this one too

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:40 | 4994279 NOTaREALmerican
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So management had nothing to do with it?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:52 | 4994669 Freddie
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GM was never great but when Obama gave it to the UAW and filled it with govt todies in mgmt - it got exponentially worse.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:19 | 4994507 Wannabee
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Dude, you are blaming the Aztec on the unions? Any mgmt team that approved that POS should be tarred & feathered...

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:26 | 4994537 Buckaroo Banzai
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The Aztec is a quality product compared to the pieces of shit GM has been pumping out the last 5 years.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 17:56 | 4995251 Make_Mine_A_Double
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That's pretty harsh.

I had a Hertz give me an Aztec at SFO years ago. Only had like 200+ on the odometer and it was ready for bone yard.

But - oh the stylin'!! Trabat meets Astro Van!  

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:41 | 4994276 krispkritter
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Zero down. Zero payments. Zero safety. At least the recall fixes will be easy to accomplish, most of those cars are still stuffed on the dealer's lots.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:40 | 4994277 aardwolf
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LOL America you are beyond parody now. It's so sad, because apart from the genocide you were founded on some of you had some nice ideas about free speech and debt free money about 200 years ago...but since 1913 yo've just been another Zionist controlled hellhole like my native UK...poor guys can't even make a car anymore...but at least you've got Tesla... my country is just an island of tax dodging accountants run by a bunch of paedophiles.... at least Obama doesn't fuck kids like Edward Heath and David Cameron do...he might be homosexual but trust me...our former home secretary Leon Brittan was caught raping a 12 year old boy on VHS tape in Dover in 1982 but it was kept under the official secrets act for over 30 years!!!


All the best America...just be thankful you're not run by kiddie fiddlers like the UK ;(

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:10 | 4994294 COSMOS
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LOL you must be sarcastic, ' you still have TEsla'  yeah run by that dual citizen Elon Musk, and have you seen the Tesla burn?  I hear it has white phosphorus in the batteries LOL.  Also dont forget Tesla lives off of Govt subsidies and loan guarantees just like GM

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:44 | 4994296 Kaiser Sousa
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that should make them feel better.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:44 | 4994301 NOTaREALmerican
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Re:  VHS tape in Dover in 1982

This is a lie.   Margaret Thatcher,  one of the world's greatest free-market conservatives EVER, would never have allowed for such immorality.   She would have castrated him, personally, for such transgressions; so obviously, it couldn't have happened!  

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:48 | 4994314 jay28elle
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I'd have given you a Vote Up if you weren't so obsessed with kiddie fiddlers.  

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:41 | 4994280 pods
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What a joke.  MF'n taxpayas had to get paid somehow?

I think I saw Michael Keaton in this movie before?


Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:45 | 4994299 krispkritter
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Looks more like a 'Gang Bang' and we're on the receiving end.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:42 | 4994282 passenger_pidgin
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Not actually the worst news for GM.  Most of the cars are still sitting on dealer lots, anyhow.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:52 | 4994345 Berspankme
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easy to find eh?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:16 | 4994789 hidingfromhelis
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I guess it does count as a recall for those sitting on dealer lots, as they've been recorded as "sold."  Channel stuffing FTW!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:42 | 4994284 The Most Intere...
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This is their new sales strategy.  Bring your old useless piece of shit GM in and exchange it for a new worthless piece of shit GM.  Channel unstuffed!!!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:50 | 4994324 disabledvet
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I was kinda thinking the same thing actually. "Does this recall include cars
just produced?" How about those currently in production?

Is robot 64327 down again?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:10 | 4994378 COSMOS
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Typical management ploy, first blame the union worker, then when he is gone blame the robot.

The problem is and always has been corporate management, that is why this country is going to shit.  We have allowed monopolies and too much corporate power to the point where our voices are not heard by the politicians who cater only to corporate handouts

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:43 | 4994287 jay28elle
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ho, hum.... GM articles are just soooo boring anymore. Need some good news for a change.  How 'bout, "New CEO quits", or "GM Board replaces new CEO..."?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:44 | 4994293 Bastiat
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Before long they won't even be able to dump this crap on car rental companies for a loss! 

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:46 | 4994302 Dagny Taggart
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If they recalled almost all the cars made since bankruptcy, do we really know they built them at all? Couldn't they be channel stuffing on paper the way the Fed prints money - you know, put out a few physical widgets for show and cook the books on the rest? Perhaps those images of cars on storage lots were all CGI?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:51 | 4994332 disabledvet
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Maybe we're gonna get some Obama cars here?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:26 | 4994843 hidingfromhelis
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Can I cash out my MYRA for a MYGM without any tax consequences?*

*Physical consequences of owning a Kevorkianesque rolling sarcophagus notwithstanding.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:53 | 4994354 NotApplicable
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Of course they made them. Investment in malinvestment is a "jobs program."

Keynesian 101.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:33 | 4994585 BorisTheBlade
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Or it's a fraud 101, you 'produce' a car, 'grow' GDP, 'increase' sales, the only thing real is the part where moneys stick to somebody's hands in the process.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:46 | 4994305 Colonel Klink
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What's the difference between someone testifying in front of CONgress, and GM?  GM recalls everything, those testifying recall nothing.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:49 | 4994315 Skateboarder
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I was gonna say, one of 'em is General Moochers and the other is General Morons?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:02 | 4994388 Colonel Klink
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Follow up answer is, those testifying (banksters, IRS, et. al.) and GM both fucked the American population and got away with it.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:03 | 4995276 radiobomb
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good 1 !...

french joke [Coluche ( very popular comedian assasinated by french state as he was getting in to politics)] ;

c'est quoi la difference entre les oiseaux et les politicians ? - les oiseaux arret de voler de temps en temps.


Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:46 | 4994307 Urban Roman
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Good thing they are all still parked on disused runways, rail platforms, and various vacant fields. Should be easy to get them in to be fixed.


Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:55 | 4994362 NotApplicable
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You'll know they've finally reached efficiency once they stage them accordingly in advance.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:34 | 4994575 Esso
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I think the most efficient thing General Motors could do would be to install car crushers at the end of each assembly line.

And change their name to American Scrap Metal.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:49 | 4994316 MarkD
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New GM commercial "Born Free" will be replaced someday with "Recall Free"

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:49 | 4994323 Nevsky
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OUT (September 2012)

"bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive"


Al Qaeda [former] affiliate got a Caliphate and GM is killing Americans.



Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:01 | 4994391 COSMOS
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Lets see what happened in Afghanistan, bunch of villagers in Toyota pickup trucks defeats the army with M1 Abrams tanks made by GM

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:08 | 4994425 Nevsky
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Perphaps we should be concerned about the M1s being transferred to Afgans to be taken over by Taliban.


# BringBack our Humvees

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:02 | 4994393 orangedrinkandchips
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A: Car Rental Companies. Hertz, ALamo, Dollar etc.

(My parents last "american" car was, yep, no joke, the Pacer! AMC Pacer. My old man got rid of it before the new car smell wore off!

Im not joking. As a kid I didn't understand just got this car dad! True, but not very sad!)



Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:13 | 4994772 Moe Howard
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American Motors [Rambler] was allowed to ride off into the sunset [without my taxes]. Personally never owned one.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:28 | 4994844 Dolar in a vortex
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I've had 7 Ford products in my house during that time, no problems to speak of.

Also had 7 German performance cars that I drove like I stole them .... no problems.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:05 | 4994401 syntaxterror
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what this all means:


more recalls =

more trips to dealer = 

sales opportunities to unload new steaming piles of shit from GM unto dumbasses that bought the older model piles of shit =

BULLISH for GM stawk

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:11 | 4994452 Atomizer
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GM dealerships will resemble ObamaCare health care delays to service treatment. 

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:06 | 4994409 Atomizer
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The Unions call product recalls, job security. 

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:13 | 4994465 COSMOS
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Sorry but they are blaming it on faulty robots now.  When they cant blame union workers they blame the robots on the assembly line.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:24 | 4994529 Atomizer
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The moron union worker programmed the robot. What is your next excuse to defend theses fucking imbeciles? 

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:01 | 4994717 COSMOS
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I thought all the programming happened in off shore software farms that are not unionized.

Stop blaming the union worker on the assembly lines or the robots now, why dont you ever blame the management?

Unless you are a white collar criminal in the managerial ranks lol.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:05 | 4994410 q99x2
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Wouldn't it be better to keep them in the shop until they are ready for sale rather than to sell them and bring them back later to finish them?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:08 | 4994422 mademesmile
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I wouldn't trust them to make paper clips.

*Edit for brevity.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:09 | 4994429 Iriestx
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You bought a car build by government labor (unions) from a company that's owned by the federal government, and you're surprised it's a rotten piece of shit?


Good thing for GM 98% of their cars "sold" are sitting in channel-stuffed lots right now.  Should be easy to recall.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:15 | 4994478 COSMOS
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Does that apply to the F35 and all the other military equipment we make?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:17 | 4994488 Iriestx
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F-35 is made by Lockheed with GE/Rolls engines.  

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:55 | 4994693 Freddie
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The F-35 is the Chevy Vega of fighters.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:11 | 4994765 Moe Howard
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Are they storing the body panels in the same room with the batteries?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:12 | 4994456 yogibear
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From a "Can do" to a "Can't do" country in 30 years.

Outsource all your key technologies and manufacturing.

Collect Social Security disability and welfare is the government's answer. The US has become a nanny nation.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:18 | 4994496 kchrisc
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The next model of GMs will be called the "Recall."

They will include a recall schedule that permits GM to complete manufacturing of them over the next 5 years.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:46 | 4994643 H H Henry P P P...
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and you can buy the GM limited edition Total Recall. Comes with THREE headlights.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:52 | 4994667 Atomizer
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We can just borrow the former GM Saturn Outlook SUV model name, call it Bleak Outlook. The lemmings will love the new branded automobile name.

See, just insert Bleak


Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:19 | 4994500 SillySalesmanQu...
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Years ago. when I first started selling to GM, we called it Generous Motors. After bankruptcy, and subsequent goverment bailouts , we now call it Generating Malfunctions...something the feds do very well on a daily basis.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:22 | 4994520 reTARD
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Made in the USSA... by the Union corporation.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:03 | 4994733 COSMOS
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hey RETARD didnt you see the part where they are blaming robots now.  The only union problem is in the Mangement Union you RETARD

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:16 | 4994793 IdiocracyIsAlre...
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Unfortunately a too high % of ZH commenters are still parroting the business school bullshit the has been propogandized nonstop since the beginning of the 80s:  Unions=Evil Moochers, Management=Visionary Bold Forward Thinking Innovators (more like Management=Looting Elevated to Art Form)!  Seriously the last 35 years should have been evidence enough of ridiculous propaganda this was but nooo.... 

Not that unions are blameless in the current unfolding disaster but much of of the excesses of the worst unions would not have been possible if not for totally corrupt or incompetent management.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:23 | 4994527 yogibear
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GM is like the old Soviet autos.

412 Moskvich - 4 Door,
Soviet  Car

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:31 | 4994576 El Hosel
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Gomer Made


Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:28 | 4994552 Super Hans
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The U.S car industry has rewarded incompetence for years!  It was next to impossible to have a career with any one of them unless you happened to be the child of a preferred employee.  I'm speaking from experience.  I worked in a union run warehouse as a temp worker during college in the 90's and i made close to $20 per hour doing braindead work!   

Management promoted employees solely based on internal politics irregardless of performance or competence.   It was ALL based on poitics! 

I had a early 2000's Dodge that had it's electric window break prior to going out of warranty that I had fixed, and it then broke again a few months later!; this is still a known problem!  



Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:43 | 4994629 H H Henry P P P...
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When life gives you lemons, get a bailout.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:43 | 4994632 starman
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Recalls create jobbbs! There! 

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:44 | 4994633 cn13
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Recalls for GM have  been one of the greatest sales gimmicks ever.

They bring customers into dealerships who are then steered from their old, recalled vehicle into a brand new, zero downpayment car with a 7 year loan.

Just when you think it can't get any more bizaare.


Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:30 | 4994856 TalkToLind
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The fun really starts when the customer discovers their new car is of lower quality than the recalled one.  

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:49 | 4994652 RSDallas
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This is just another reason GM should have been allowed to file for bankruptcy.  

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:52 | 4994677 arby63
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GM is doing whatever uncle sam says. QUESTION - when they go tits up again, do you think they will get another bailout?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:09 | 4994758 Moe Howard
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Is there a doubt of some kind?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:12 | 4994761 TalkToLind
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Hey GM UAW employees, stop down voting ZH comments and get back to work...on your crossword puzzles!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:56 | 4994695 soylentgreenispeople
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Kyle Bass is long on GM stock .

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:03 | 4994729 Travis Bickel
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Coming in 2015 the new Chevy "EZ Autopsy LX" sport coupe. Hybrid option available too!

It's all good.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:09 | 4994754 Moe Howard
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Goverment Motors, the Trablat of the USA.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:16 | 4994791 TalkToLind
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GM vehicles are no longer "like a rock".  They are more like soft ramen noodles.  

FOWARD, comrades!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:26 | 4994840 TalkToLind
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GM Vehicle + Government owned & operated gas station = Karl Marx wet dream!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:43 | 4994921 world_debt_slave
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dem green shoots keep on shootin'

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 17:21 | 4995104 syntaxterror
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When MSFT cuts 18,000 jobs, the DOW rallies and Sortero golfs.

When GM cuts 18,000 jobs, Sortero instructs the Treasury to provide a bailout so those 18,000 union jobs can be restored.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 17:27 | 4995116 Hurdy Gurdy Man
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GM's Death-Positive Advertising

There is something seriously, seriously insidious / wrong with some of GM's latest advertisements.

Take this one:

the story of the above is that the Corvette Stingray is the nightmare for a car that looks like a Lotus Esprit or other high-end sports car. At :52 the car appears to either be bleeding, as if it has been intimidated to death by the Corvette. It is strange to see deathly imagery associated with automobiles in the first place, let alone during a crisis of safety such as GM has precipitated.  Seriously: After GM isn't admitting death numbers (discrepancy of 10:1 by some accounts) they want images of spilled blood in a car ad?

Here's an example of their contest winner: There are identical Chevy's in this commercial - one driver appears to precipitate an accident by yanking the steering wheel at :42 -- "GM - a car you can survive an accident in" appears to be the subliminal message here.

And there's one more I saw tonight which features a song that sounds a lot like Aerosmith - and features the lyrics, "... and if I don't make it" or "... and if I die..."... something like that. It's part of the "Find New Roads" campaign. Granted, they have many ads up and I haven't seen them all... But advertising creates culture, and I am only wondering if they are trying to create culture where accidents and deaths are acceptable, validated by the medium of television.

It's easy to say "Don't read too much into it..." but it doens't take much reading into it to see they are obviously playing with ideas that toy with deadly imagery.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 17:47 | 4995211 Hurdy Gurdy Man
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GM is also offering people who reurn the cars great financing on tradein/tradeups whatever. Once they get that person back into the lot, the sales job is on.  GM was up last quarter precisely on this business. But I'm glad for the workers at GM that they are working. But to what end? In order to ... sell some customer a car... that will need to be recalled...?

It is astonishing that the government can't recall its' bailout of GM when it probably has deadly incidents before the bailouts it did not account for to the government.  

Here's from Page 88 of Mary Barra's congressional hearing: Mr. Green has advised Barra his constituent had to go back to the dealer several times but eventually found a skilled mechanic to fix the car that was *not* the GM dealer.  He wraps up his question this way:


...But that is your job now as CEO, but you need to fix it and 

fix it as quick as you can because it is going to cause problems, 


Ms. Barra.  I agree with you.  It is completely my 

responsibility, and I will work day and night.  We have already 

made tremendous change at General Motors.  We will continue to do 

that, and I recognize it is my responsibility. 

Mr. Green.  The last thing in my 30 seconds is:  Should my 

constituent ?? should she have her mother in Phoenix take that 

Regal back and have it checked by a dealer now and see what 


Ms. Barra.  Yes.  And I wish you would send a note to me, and 

I will ??  

Mr. Green.  I will get you that information.   

Ms. Barra.  Thank you. 

Mr. Green.  Thank you, Mr. Chairman. 

Mr. Murphy.  I now recognize Mr. Griffith for 5 minutes. 


Mr. Griffith.  Thank you, Mr. Chairman. 


It would be interesting to know whether Barra called that dealership and made sure they fixed it right.  I would like to know how all that played out.

While it is not unusual for a constituent to prevail upon a congressman for help, and not unusual for a congressperson to receive help, do you need to go to fucking congress to get your car fixed?  Looks like it.

Power serves power, bitchez.  Eyes open, no fear.


Wed, 07/23/2014 - 17:42 | 4995210 ExploitedCitizen
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Who wants to be an Engineer when you can be a fire fighter, make $100k/year, and get all the bald poon you could ever want?

We'll just import some H1B temporary foreign workers to do the Engineering for a fraction of the cost of those damn whities, what could go wrong?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:25 | 4995632 grunk
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Why did you even bother selling them?

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