Latest Greatest: Implications of the Latest Round of Recalls…

Written by mitch on. Posted in Blog, Consumer, Uncategorized

Latest Greatest… Service Notes: August 2014

There’s been a lot on the news lately about the General Motors recall (Multiple recalls, actually…) and rightly so. It’s the largest in automotive history, figured in the tens of millions of vehicles.

To compound matters, General Motors has been joined in the quest to see who can generate the most Recalls by just about every other vehicle manufacturer on the planet! (Here are just a couple of the many sites you can visit to see how many vehicles have been affected and whether or not your vehicle may be one of those included: http://www.recalls.gov/nhtsa.html  http://autos.aol.com/info/recall/ .
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The whole notion of having to bring your vehicle back to the dealer – which is where you will have to go if the vehicle is involved in a Recall, especially if you want to have the service provided at the manufacturer’s cost and not yours – is stressful enough.

But, far more distressing is the impact the Recalls themselves, coupled with the cost and the fallout from the cover-up, are likely to have on the Technical Service Bulletins that regularly flow from the factory alerting their service network and members of the independent segment of the repair community of potential engineering problems.

The great fear is that in order to ensure there is no “Paper Trail” documenting fore-knowledge of a potentially lethal defect and then tying it back to the manufacturer that built the vehicle, the flow of that kind of service information would be cut off at the source in the spirit of “Plausible Deniability.”No one is speculating on how that kind of critical information might be shared in the future… All we know is that it is just about impossible to “fix” a flaw that was engineered in at the factory without the factory redesigning the part or reprogramming whichever module (computer) is responsible contributing to the flaw!However, everyone agrees, that kind of information is essential to work on today’s highly sophisticated and technologically advanced vehicles.We’ll continue to keep you informed as this story continues to enfold… And, we’ll let you know when you can get involved and how you can do your part to ensure the flow of vital information to and through the Automotive Aftermarket continues.

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mitch

I am a fourth generation, forty-sixy year veteran of the automotive aftermarket: an ASE Certified Master Technician, Service Consultant and Approved Automotive Manager.

I grew up in this business with a passion for all things mechanical, particularly those things relating to performance. That passion grew to include all aspects of management, leadership and personal development with a special focus on every day shop operations which resulted in an eight-volume series on automotive shop management published by Cengage Learning and Thomson Publishing.

I have been a trade journalist writing to the aftermarket for almost thirty years, devoting my professional life to improving both the image and experience of everyone struggling to succeed in the service industry and I’ve worked diligently to improve communication and increase understanding between all segments of my industry. This site and everything on it is both an extension and a continuation of those efforts

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