Buick is an American automobile brand that focuses on luxury vehicles. The company itself is owned by the larger American auto manufacturer General Motors. Buick was founded in 1899, and is one of the oldest automakers in the world. The company produced vehicles on its own until it was purchased by Flint Wagon Works, which was later acquired by General Motors, where the brand has been residing since. Buick's focus is on mid-range luxury vehicles that are above the level offered by General Motors' standard line, but below the level of vehicles seen in the Cadillac line. Buick offers several sedan models, and a few SUV and Crossover models as well.
Buick Recalls, Defects, And Other Issues
Buick is a brand owned by the larger parent company General Motors. This means that when models of the larger companies lines are affected by recalls, Buick vehicles may also be affected. General Motors owns several different brands of vehicles and often implements large recalls across all brands that may be affected. Because General Motors owns several different brands, many times their vehicles only differ in terms of aesthetics, but under the hood they have the same parts. This means that when one brand experiences a defect with a part, it is likely that all other brands that belong to General Motors will experience similar issues. This leads to wide scale recalls that affect several different vehicles.
General Motors initiated a recall on the 2012-13 Buick LaCrosse and Regal models that have the eAssist function. The issue is related to a defective generator control module that can cause engines to stall and for a potential for a fire to start in the trunk. GM has reported two trunk fires but no injuries or crashes related to this issue. GM urges drivers to bring their vehicles to their local dealership for inspections and repairs as necessary.
A recall has been instated from General Motors on the 2006-2007 Buick Envoy and Rainier models. The vehicles affected may have a short in the circuit that could result in a fire. This can even occur while the vehicle is turned off. GM has reported that they have received 58 related reports of vehicle fires, 11 of which have resulted in minor injuries. GM has advised owners to bring their vehicles in for inspection and repair, as well as an advisory warning to park vehicles outdoors, in case of fire.
General Motors has issued a recall on 1997-2004 Buick Regal models. The recall was issued due to a defect in vehicles with 3.8-liter V6 engines. At times, drops of oil may fall onto the hot exhaust manifold when a hard braking occurs, which can cause fires inside of the engine. The company has stated that some fires have been reported, and over the last 6 years 19 related injuries have been reported. The recall has been issued twice before, but has now grown to affect 1.4 million vehicles. GM has urged owners to contact their local dealership once their official recall notice arrives.
A recall has been put out on the 2012 Buick Verano due to a defect in the driver's side front airbag. The defect is related to the mechanism that deploys the airbag, and may actually cause the airbag to fail to deploy. Airbags are an important safety feature in any car, and their failure can severely increase the driver's risk of injury in the event of an accident. Owners of vehicles that receive the notice may contact their dealer. The recall affects 2,949 vehicles across all GM brands.
General motors has put out a small recall affecting the 2014 Buick Regal, 2014 Buick LaCrosse, and 2014 Buick Enclave. The issue stems from the vehicle's transmission that may disengage the vehicle from the park position to a different gear. If a vehicle is shifted out of park on an incline, there is a risk of a rollaway, which can cause an accident. The recall affects 355 vehicles so far. Owners may bring their vehicles in to a
GM Ignition Recall Crisis
General Motors has announced six recalls that affect due to issues regarding ignition issues that cause the ignition key to rotate inadvertently. This can cause engine disturbance, and can potentially cause accidents. The recall is active currently on 8.4 million GM vehicles globally. GM is urging owners to bring their vehicles in, and to remove any attachments to their keys, as this can trigger the rotation. Owners of 2014 Buick Regal, 2013-2014 Buick Encore and Verano and 2005-07 Buick Rainier models will be affected by this recall. In addition these issues have been linked to 7 accidents, 8 injuries and 3 fatalities thus far. Vehicle owners have been instructed to bring their vehicles to their local dealership for inspection, repair and replacement of parts as necessary.
Buick Safety Ratings
In spite of the large amount of recalls ongoing with GMC many of their vehicles receive favorable ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Many of the newer Buick models have favorable safety ratings. However, a few of the older models, including the 2007 Terraza, Rendezvous, and Rainier have received poor ratings in certain aspects of their safety features. Overall, however, the brand's newer models remain in favorable standing with the IIHS.
When an auto manufacturer puts out a vehicle that has defects, it can be dangerous for both the vehicle owner and anyone else on the road. These defects can cause accident and injury, and most of the time, these vehicles should not have been out on the road in the first place. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a defective Buick vehicle, contact attorney Jeremy Rosenthal today.