Boycott General Motors

28 11 2018

 By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

There is reason to believe that General Motors is failing again, after having been bailed out by America’s taxpayers.  It stopped reporting monthly sales back in April of 2018, despite the fact that all of its domestic and foreign competitors had been reporting them on a regular basis. This was a drastic decision by GM’s management, which had reported such figures during the last auto sales crisis—described as the Crash of 2008.[2]

GM was on the ropes then. Chrysler and Ford were too, but company founder Henry Ford’s great-grandson Bill Ford and Boeing’s Alan Mulally[3]—who had become Ford’s president—put together a winning plan to save Ford without going into bankruptcy.  They hunkered down and sold off Aston Martin, Land Rover, Volvo, Jaguar, Ford’s dominant interest in Mazda, and consigned the Mercury brand to the dustbin of automotive history. In the process, their strategy succeeded impressively. Today, Fords are the largest selling vehicles in the United States; and the Ford F-Series trucks outsell all other vehicles.

Both GM and Chrysler went into bankruptcy; and with his Fiat conglomerate hanging by a thread in Europe, its gutsy chief Sergio Marchionne bought Chrysler, and the rest is business history.  Marchionne saved both of his companies.[4]  Today GM manufactures vehicles in 37 countries, and sells its core American automobile brands—Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac—through its U.S. dealers, some of which were put out of business following the last crash because they were deemed not to be buying enough cars from GM.[5]

It has been reported that the company plans to halt production at several of its American plants, and reduce its salaried workforce by 15 percent—or more than 14,000 employees—in a massive restructuring that will cost up to $3.8 billion. The Detroit automaker said “plants in Ohio, Michigan, Maryland, and Ontario will be ‘unallocated’ in 2019 and it will cease operations at two additional plants outside of North America by the end of next year.”[6]

This time, there must be no bailout for the company.  It must be allowed to fail and go out of business—which is exactly what GM did to many of its best dealers and their employees. In the process, long-time and loyal GM customers were hurt too, having been the source of monies to bail out the company.  No mercy was shown to any of them by GM’s management; and none should be shown to GM this time around.  This is true as well with respect to electric vehicles, and their taxpayer subsidies.[7]


Boycott GM

© 2018, Timothy D. Naegele

[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass). He and his firm, Timothy D. Naegele & Associates, specialize in Banking and Financial Institutions Law, Internet Law, Litigation and other matters (see and Timothy D. Naegele Resume). He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g.,, and can be contacted directly at

[2]  See (“Auto Sales“); see also (“Is General Motors Failing Again?”) and (“The Passing Of An Auto Giant”)

[3]  See (“William Clay Ford Jr.”) and (“Alan Mulally”)

[4]  See (“The Passing Of An Auto Giant”)

[5]  See, e.g., (“General Motors”)

[6]  See (“GM to halt production at several plants, cut more than 14,000 jobs”); see also (“GM closing Hamtramck, Lordstown, Oshawa plants, cutting jobs”)

[7]  See, e.g., (“The Swindle And Shame Of Global Warming: Electric Cars”)

It is clear that the boycott movement is growing.

See, e.g.,



15 responses

28 11 2018
Ron Michaels

I agree with what you’ve said. I’ve written that the mechanics are misdirection and obfuscation designed to sneak under business scrutiny to hide the corrosion going on inside. Thanks for a great writeup. Good to hear from you. Coincidentally, checking the Board of Directors of GM pops out a list of folks who also would love the optics of showing up president trump and his “manufacturing in America” mantra. The presence of some of these people begs the question, “what is their experience in business and/or auto manufacturing and sales?”


28 11 2018
Timothy D. Naegele

Thanks so much, Ron. I agree with you.

A belated Happy Thanksgiving. 🙂

28 11 2018
H. Craig Bradley


I have a 1997 Chevrolet Lumina. While still mechanically sound, the paint is starting to peel-off. The plumber’s 2006 Chevy Van is also suffering the same fate. Chevrolet never was able to fix its paint defects since the 1980’s, but with zero percent interest, the FED was able to engineer profits for a otherwise “Zombie” Corporation.

How widespread is this phenomenon in American Industry today? I just read United Technologies is splitting itself into three separate corporations. This suggests that some of them will go to Mexico or just disappear in some manner. No MAGA. Just ongoing DECLINE.

Who will save the day?. Just read that 30% of all American consumers are still trying to pay-off the balance on their credit card from LAST Christmas ! We are simultaneously being told how well-off consumers are or how strong the economy is. I have my reservations on both accords.

Here is what I see: America is not growing, but China is. So, by 2030, we can expect 50 Million Chinese Affluent Chinese to hit the North American continent and go on a shopping spree buying whatever they want. So this time, we will import wealthy Chinese who will dominate the domestic consumer market, or specific segments of it most likely. The tastes of the American consumer will obviously be “outvoted”. Its a fete accompli. Not even China would buy GM today. How about Russia (Hugo)?

28 11 2018
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Craig, for your comments.

I am not as pessimistic as you are about America’s future.

First, there was the Japanese “wave.” Then, the Chinese wave. America has withstood, and will withstand all of them.

Russia is a pygmy state. China has serious problems too.

28 11 2018
H. Craig Bradley


Japan is tiny compared to China. How many Billion Japanese are there? We saw the highly publicized trophy real estate the Japanese bought in the 1980’s. They leveraged a relatively small population using their currency and debt to appear larger than life, making a “big splash” in the process. The Media focused and amplified this real estate buying spree. When their bubble burst and they had to sell these properties at a loss, the media was silent.

The Chinese are different and smarter in the way they invest abroad. For one thing, its long term and its sustainable. Secondly, Chinese Tourists will be very specific and choosy in what they buy and where they go while visiting the U.S. The Media won’t pay attention unless you have former GM factory workers shinning shoes at The Ritz Carlton or pulling a rickshaw for wealthy Chinese in downtown L.A. or New York.

Come to think of it, one could stage such a scene and put it on Youtube and become a cult newscaster. Even if its not true, anything (story) is possible in today’s news media.

28 11 2018
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Craig.

I have dealt with both the Japanese and Chinese over the years, and find them very similar . . . and largely sophisticated. But no more so than Americans.

I bought the largest minority bank in the U.S. for Chinese investors who were based in Hong Kong, which was quite an experience.

28 11 2018
Timothy D. Naegele

Emotional GM Workers Wipe Away Tears After Thousands Laid Off Ahead Of The Holidays [UPDATED]

Anger at GM plant closings

Valerie Edwards has written for the UK’s Daily Mail:

Heart-wrenching photos show General Motors workers wiping tears away after the company laid more than 14,000 people off without warning and just before the holidays.

In a massive restructuring, the auto giant announced Monday that it will cut 15 per cent of its workforce to save $6 billion and adapt to ‘changing market conditions’.

‘You’re going right into Christmas. You’re looking for celebration and that’s not there now,’ one GM worker told Today.

Another employee said through tears: ‘I’m just kind of hurting right now.’

One worker spoke of a workplace where people ‘were bawling their eyes out. I’ve never seen anything like it and we can’t get any answers’.

The moves include shuttering seven plants worldwide as the company responds to changing customer preferences and focuses on popular trucks and SUVs and increasingly on electric models.

The job cuts from GM’s current 180,000-strong work force will be particularly stinging in politically crucial areas of Ohio and Michigan, a region President Donald Trump has promised to revive.

Workers at the Ontario plant staged a wildcat strike to protest the closure.

Jerry Dias, president of Unifor, the Canadian labor union, said he ‘will vigorously fight again to maintain these good-paying auto jobs’.

Huston-Rough said the job cuts will be accomplished through ‘a combination of retirements, layoffs and work relocations’.

The job cuts will include a 25 per cent reduction in executive-level employees to ‘streamline decision making,’ the company said.

The plants will be officially closed by the end of 2019, but workers will gradually lose their jobs along the way, some as soon as the new year.

According to reports, the five North American plants concerned employ nearly 7,000, including 3,000 workers in the Ontario plant.

One woman said that she worries for ‘all of the people who have put in so many years of their lives and they don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow’.

As workers continue to demand answers from GM, the company’s CEO, Mary Barra, said in a statement: ‘The actions we are taking today continue our transformation to be highly agile, resilient and profitable, while giving us the flexibility to invest in the future.

‘We recognize the need to stay in front of changing market conditions and customer preferences to position our company for long-term success.’

Trump expressed dismay at the plan and said he was ‘very tough’ with Barra when they discussed the reorganization.

‘I spoke with her when I heard they were closing and I said, “You know, this country has done a lot for General Motors. You better get back in there soon,”‘ he told reporters at the White House.

‘They better put something else in.’

Barra also met at the White House with Trump’s senior economic adviser Larry Kudlow, in what officials said was a previously scheduled meeting.

Trump’s aggressive trade policies have been aimed specifically at saving manufacturing jobs, including the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which took aim at rules governing auto trade to favor the US industry.

Still, GM will shutter three North American auto assembly plants next year: the Oshawa plant in Ontario, Canada; Hamtramck in Detroit, Michigan and Lordstown in Warren, Ohio.

In addition, GM will close two US propulsion plants — which produce batteries and transmissions — in Baltimore, Maryland, and Warren, Michigan, as well two unidentified plants outside of North America.

The company already had announced plans to cease operations at its Gunsan, South Korea plant.

While the company said in its quarterly earnings late last month that it saw costs jump by $400million due to Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum, a spokeswoman said the latest decisions ‘are not related to any recent trade or tariff decisions’.

The president threatened to punish GM following the company’s decision.

‘Very disappointed with General Motors and their CEO, Mary Barra, for closing plants in Ohio, Michigan and Maryland. Nothing being closed in Mexico & China,’ Trump tweeted Tuesday while a televised White House press briefing was going on.

‘The U.S. saved General Motors, and this is the THANKS we get! We are now looking at cutting all @GM subsidies, including…. for electric cars,’ he continued.

Senator Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat, lambasted GM’s move as ‘corporate greed at its worst’ and also took a swipe at the 2017 tax cut favored by Trump which was touted as a jobs winner.

‘The company reaped a massive tax break from last year’s GOP tax bill and failed to invest that money in American jobs,’ Brown said on Twitter.

In Canada, Prime Minster Justin Trudeau expressed ‘deep disappointment’ with the plant closure.

Wall Street cheered the actions, while US and Canadian leaders expressed outrage.

GM shares jumped after the announcement, closing up 4.8 per cent on the day. Analysts were generally upbeat about the news.

‘In contrast to times past, General Motors under CEO Mary Barra is trying to get ahead of a potential crisis by making cuts now,’ Michelle Krebs of Autotrader said in a client note.

While GM has been increasing its focus on highly popular trucks and SUVs, the company said it would also prioritize investment in ‘next-generation battery-electric architectures.’

In an investor call, Barra said some GM cars would no longer be available in North America, including the Chevrolet Cruze.

The closures also drew sharp criticism from the US and Canadian labor union representing GM workers, which accused the company of shifting production overseas at the expense of North American workers.

UAW, the autoworkers union, blasted GM’s decision, saying the company was just looking for cheaper workers, and vowed to fight back.

‘This callous decision by GM to reduce or cease operations in American plants, while opening or increasing production in Mexico and China plants for sales to American consumers, is, in its implementation, profoundly damaging to our American workforce,’ said UAW vice president Terry Dittes.

China has become an increasingly important market for the automaker and in the first nine months of 2018, it sold 2.7 million cars in China compared to 2.6 million in all of North America.

However, spokeswoman Julie Huston-Rough denied the charge, telling AFP that ‘these products will not be manufactured in other locations for the North American market.’

She also said the company remains committed to its facilities in Ohio, despite the closure of the Lordstown plant, with six other locations and 4,000 employees, as well has hundreds of suppliers and dealers.

See (“Heart-wrenching photos show General Motors workers wiping away tears after company laid off more than 14,000 people without warning, just before the holidays“) (emphasis added; videos omitted); see also (“Hundreds of GM workers gather in solemn prayer in Ohio“) and (“Union Set to ‘Waste General Motors’ in Canada”) and (“Is General Motors Failing Again?“) and (“Did GM’s Seat Belt Recall Fix the Problem? Feds Intend to Find Out“) and (“GM Korea Desperate to Generate a Profit“)

Like the NFL that has been boycotted effectively, with much more to come, so too General Motors must be boycotted and forced to surrender or disappear.

GM and its auto brands are collapsing, while BMW contemplates an expansion of its operations in the United States.

See, (“BMW chief says considering second U.S. manufacturing plant“); see also (“General Motors is failing again. This is no one’s fault except those running the company. They make too many poor quality vehicles no one wants. . . . No one wants electric cars except Obama and his troglodytes. I’d never buy anything made by GM“) and (“Nothing Ever Changes With Tiger Woods, Or Colin Kaepernick“) and (“The NFL Must Be Boycotted Forever“)

26 01 2019
Timothy D. Naegele

GM May Shut Down Cadillac [UPDATED]

For those who say this is impossible, just remember that Oldsmobile and Pontiac are long gone.

The Drive has noted:

[W]hat exactly does [GM President Mark] Reuss mean by saying Cadillac has “one chance?” He means there’s a great deal of importance on Cadillac succeeding in its short-term plan of becoming an EV leader and making the name “Cadillac” synonymous with luxury again. As far as what will happen if it fails in that effort, it’s hard to say. It seems unlikely that GM will ever shut down a brand as valuable and recognizable as Cadillac, but if it makes a bet this big and loses, the future could be ugly for the luxury brand.

See (“GM President Says Cadillac Has ‘One Chance’ at an American Comeback“); see also (“‘This Is Pretty Much It’: New GM President Acknowledges Cadillac’s Last Chance For Glory”) and (“Tell GM to end racial intimidation in the workplace, create anti-harassment policies“)

If Cadillac is hitching its star to electric vehicles, it is truly doomed.

See (“The Swindle And Shame Of Global Warming: Electric Cars“); see also (“J.D. Power and Associates rated the [Lincoln] Continental first among midsize premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The [Cadillac] CTS isn’t in the top three”)

26 01 2019
H. Craig Bradley


The history of GM post 1974 has shown them to be extremely resistant to change, innovation, or internal management reform. Not surprisingly, they have already lost more than half their market share since their heydays in the 1960’s. They failed to adapt and the UAW was adversarial towards management, as well. Eventually, they were forced to modernize but it cost many jobs in the end.

Today’s GM reflects a legacy history of missed opportunities but huge executive bonuses thanks to President Obama’s massive bailout with taxpayer funds. It was a real windfall for GM Executives and UAW workers alike. Not so good for shareholders, dealers, or even the public. GM closed down many dealerships, some of which were long term businesses who were profitable. They just did not care because the criteria was “political” not financial. GM became an example of crony capitalism to this day.

GM has failed to build cars the public wants and refine them into a quality car. They kept Sloan’s marketing emphasis bringing out new model after new model. Most did not sell well and were discontinued to this day. Paint jobs are of inferior quality. My 21 year old Chev. has paint peeling-off and exposing gray primer underneath. The plumbers two Chevy Vans are having similar paint issues, one is a 2003 van the other a 2006 van. Quality is slipping and so are sales.

The financial picture and economics of residual value and new car prices, along with rising monthly payments have been the deciding factor. You can sell junk to a indifferent consumer as long as they can buy one and refinance another one at about the same monthly payments, as has been the case for the last six years. Not any more.

Turns-out low lease rates or interest rates and high residual values helped subsidize today’s sales by pulling forward from the future. Now, the incentives have reversed and auto financing companies are losing money with huge drops in residual values on cars coming off lease. Many just go straight to auction today. Today’s new cars are pushing $40,000+. Not very many individuals will be buying any of them at those prices.

Another matter is the jump in sub-prime borrowers for new cars. When a prospective buyer wants to finance a car, the info. is forwarded to a number of banks ( Capital One, Alley Financial, Santander Bank). This business is very competitive. So, Santander bank comes back with their bid of lower monthly payments for a buyer with bad credit. In fact, Santander bank only does due diligence with 8% of its loan applications. The best terms are selected to close the sale.

Santander Banks auto loan dept. has 80% of their book stuffed with subprime car buyers. In fact, Second Look, L.L.C. a private credit analysis firm has estimated the default rate for this “traunch” of new car auto loans originating in 2015 will be about 15% by this year. I have noticed the lot at nearby Aames Associates gradually filling-up with repossessed cars in the past two years, while it was virtually empty until a few years ago. Their business is picking-up. The cycle has turned and we now have way too much global capacity, so GM is closing down several North American factories ( Ontario, Canada and in the U.S.). The entire domestic auto industry is in trouble and now, once again, must restructure. Obama bought them this many more years of life. Its over.

To compete, Ford must do like it has with its very successful and profitable F-Series Pickup Trucks. These pickups are workhorses and highly profitable, so instead of discontinuing them for a new model, they are refined each year getting better and better. Toyota and Honda have done this for years with their flagship passenger cars: Camry and Accord. GM will have to do likewise or become irrelevant in the future. SUV’s, Pickups, Corvettes and little else. How many factories do you need to produce 4 models? Not near as many. More robotics and you can see the future. No future.

26 01 2019
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Craig, for your comments. I agree completely.

I bought a Chevrolet from a dealership that was excellent in terms of service. My son did the same; and after the GM bankruptcy, it shuttered the dealership because it was not warehousing enough cars, and was keeping its inventory lean.

I vowed there and then never to buy another GM product again. What they did to the loyal employees of this dealership was cruel, heartless and irresponsible. The dealership had an excellent reputation in the community.

I was involved legally (as an expert witness) with another dealership in the Midwest, which sold Ford products. I was very impressed with how Ford handled the matters. It was fair at each and every juncture, based on my limited observations.

26 01 2019
H. Craig Bradley

Another major consideration with the slow-down in U.S. Auto production:

The automotive industry and its ancillary service businesses ( including retail auto parts stores) comprises about 5% of total GDP. Its makes up, all together, about 3% of all U.S. Workers, as well. Aerospace comes in a distant second. The U.S. economy won’t tank just because of reduced revenue and auto sales. However, its part of the whole trend.

So, the more industries or service companies that see revenue declines (such as retail , the more the chances of a recession in the next few years or a multi-year period of scant economic growth from the current 2.8% annual GDP. This won’t cut it with a $ 950 annual Federal spending deficit for 2019 and $22 Trillion in National Debt with interest to be repaid. Neither party is serious about cutting overall govt. spending as far as I can see. As interest rates rise in future years, so will the interest to be paid each year out of the Federal Budget, rising exponentially in future years.

President Trump wants a wall but even more important strategically is a well equipped modern Navy. To fulfill this policy goal, President Trump promised adding 10 new Navy Ships to our aging fleet to patrol international sea lanes. China is building-up its Blue Water Navy diligently and quietly. If we can not get it done with the small window of opportunity under President Trump, then I foresee China directly challenging us in their regional waters and possibly in the South Pacific at large, as well.

We will probably be forced at some point to back-down if our Navy can not be kept state-of-the-art for the next 20 years. We must invest now. Where will the money come from? Do we have it?

Remember the moment of truth between President Dwight Eisenhower and Great Britain over the Suez Canal Crisis? President Eisenhower forced the British to withdrawal their troops from the Suez Canal area under threat we would sell-off their sovereign bonds. Not one American soldier was needed or sent to the Suez Canal. This is precisely how Great Powers die. No shots, just retreat, quietly. Nobody notices.

We are slowly dying. We are running out of time and we are a divided nation. We are not exceptional in view of history if we allow ourselves to be distracted by trivial and petty politics. The Communist Chinese are surely smiling. The last century was our century, but will this century remain the American (second) century or the Chinese Century? I am not so sure.

26 01 2019
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you for these comments too, Craig. I understand, and agree with most of your points.

We have a limited window in which to close the gap with China, and sprint miles/years ahead. If it is not done during the Trump presidency, we may have lost the race . . . albeit China is years/decades behind us in many ways.

For example, it bought a dilapidated Soviet-era aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, which had been nothing more than a rusting hulk. Today, it is questionable whether the carrier is combat-ready.

See, e.g., (“Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning“)

I have described what I believe are the greatest risks to us and our allies in a recent series of comments.

See (“Will The United States And Israel Cease To Exist?”)

26 06 2019
Timothy D. Naegele

Another Sign That GM Is Failing, Again: Ford Steps Up, GM Looks For Way Out [UPDATED]

Boycott General Motors

There are plenty of telltale signs that GM is failing again, as mentioned in the article and comments above. The demise of Cadillac may be the capper, but there are other signs as well.

Marc Stern has reported for TorqueNews:

If you were to look at recent actions of Ford and General Motors in the Takata airbag emergency, it would seem like the “Tale of Two Automakers.” Ford has doubled-down on getting things to 100 percent by next June on its Rangers and Edge SUVs, while General Motors wants to leave 6 million pickup and SUV owners in the lurch in the exploding airbag inflator recall.

Ford Steps Up, GM Looks For Way Out

Over the weekend, news reports came out that GM has asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Agency (NHTSA) if it can drop about 6 million pickups and SUVs out of the exploding airbag recall. The reason, says GM, is that the inflators in [its] vehicles had passed GM-initiated tests. The automaker also noted that the inflators are unique to its vehicles and so, by extension, are safe. This is the fourth time in four years for GM’s request.

Ford, on the other hand, has more than stepped up to the responsibility it has. Since 2015, the automaker has issued two recalls for its intermediate Ranger pickup. In the first, 400,000 2004-2006 Ranger pickups were recalled to fix faulty front airbag inflators. In the second, earlier this year, the automaker issued a “do not drive” recall. Ford Has Two Ranger Recalls.

In the “do not drive” recall, Ford told Ranger owners that they had to park their pickups and not drive them due to the risk. Ford said that it would provide tows into dealerships to make the repairs. Ford has identified a kernel of about 3,000 Rangers with a higher incidence of catastrophic failures. (Honda two years ago identified a kernel of its Civics and Accords that had failure rates of more than 30 percent with some as high as 57 percent, and the automaker had to issue a “do not drive” recall.)

Ford Steps Up As GM Explains Itself

According to a story that appeared in The Detroit Free Press, GM has argued that its airbag inflators – the component that blows up – are safe because they are unique to its vehicles. The automaker also tested about 4,000 inflators and had no bad deployments. This isn’t the first time GM has asked for this relief. The automaker has made this request before during the last few years.

Takata did not agree with GM’s assessment. Instead, airbag manufacturer said any components used in the GM airbags are defective, and so their airbags are defective. Takata had worked out a series of recall phase-ins that would cover all of the vehicles involved in what would turn out to be the largest safety recall in history.

GM, in its most recent exemption request filed this year, seeks to avoid the expense of providing its trucks and airbags – estimated at $1.2 billion. In contrast, Ford states that it is their plan “to achieve 100 percent accounting for Ford vehicles in the highest priority airbag recalls by June 3, 2020,” the automaker says in a statement on its website. The website presents airbag recall information comprehensively.

Ford Steps Up, GM Told To Fix Problem

Jason Levine, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety (CAS), emphasized that NHTSA has to do its job and tell GM to get pickups that might have the risk of having exploding airbag inflators off the road.

General Motors, for its part, said it had had 4,270 airbag inflators tested by Northrop Grumman. The automaker claimed that after the tests [there] were no bad deployments. Testers exposed the airbags to artificial environmental factors – heat, humidity, and the like.

General Motors and Ford are among 19 automakers involved in the massive safety recall. The recall may ultimately involve 55 million inflators and 37 million vehicles. To meet the needs of the negotiated withdrawal plan, GM would have to recall:

• 2010-2014 Chevrolet Silverado and Sierra HD models

• 2010-2013, 2010-15 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban SUVs

• 2010-2014 Cadillac Escalade SUV

• 2010-2014 GMC Yukon SUVs

Ford Steps Up As Recall Shown

So far, exploding Takata airbag inflators are responsible for at least 24 deaths around the world, including 15 in the U.S., and more than 200 serious injuries. The culprit in the blasts that caused these deaths and injuries has been Takata’s choice of airbag propellant, ammonium nitrate. The inflators, made at Takata’s Mexico fabrication plants, were not sealed well against moisture. This allowed moisture to get into the propellant and begin its deterioration.

Meantime, the same housings feel the heat, humidity from their location in that type of climate. As the propellant deteriorated, it became more powerful. When activated, the force of the blast created the degraded propellant was enough to smash each housing. The disintegrating housings created shards which can scythe through a passenger compartment causing injury and death.

See (“As Ford Has Stepped Up In Takata Recall, GM Looks For Way Out“) (emphasis in original)

Also, WIRED has reported:

[T]he explanations for software defects like those found in the Boeing aircraft and those found in vehicles may be similar. Advanced driver-assistance features like Tesla’s Autopilot and General Motors’ Super Cruise assume a human is paying attention to the road and is ready to take over if their automated lane-changing or forward-collision features fail. (These systems do have varying—and controversial—methods of ensuring that drivers are indeed paying attention.) But if a software bug prevents pilots or drivers from resuming control of the machine, “that’s a big problem that can result in fatalities” . . . .

Fortunately for anyone who flies into the sky in Boeing airplanes, it appears the 737 MAX is now getting the top-to-bottom safety and engineering review it needs. Let’s hope the same happens for all software that helps people get around.


This time, GM must be allowed to die, and not be propped up again by America’s taxpayers. After it was bailed out the last time, it turned around and screwed loyal dealers and their employees, as well as GM customers.

The chant this time must be: NEVER AGAIN.

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.

The boycott against GM and its products must continue, unabated!

26 06 2019
H. Craig Bradley


The reason GM has failed is primarily related to product quality and Service.

First, product quality. I own a 1997 Chev. Lumina Sedan. After 20 years, the paint just started to peel off, exposing the gray primer underneath. The value of this car ( Kelly Blue Book) is only about $700-$800 Wholesale. Private Party value in good condition: $1,400.

So, its not worth anything now, even though it runs fine and always passes the biannual smog certification, as well. The State of California ( DMV) pays a flat $1,500 to salvage a vehicle ( remove it from use ). In this case, the highest bidder is the State of California. Unfortunately, after 25 years, GM still can not properly apply a quality paint job at the factor. In comparison, Toyota or Lexus have no such problem.

Secondly, quality of service at GM dealerships. Quality and competence at many GM dealerships has proved since the seventies to be shoddy and spotty. Consequently, many dealerships have since gone out of business ( in my area) since 1980. All the Federal government did with their GM bailout is keep a sick and uncompetitive domestic automaker in business for longer than warranted. GM has become the proverbial “Zombie” Corporation. They should be allowed to fail and go out of business.

The one problem if GM fails and closes down is some communities are entirely dependent on domestic truck and auto sales. Small towns like Cedar City, Utah have only three auto dealerships- all Domestic: Ford, Chevrolet, and Cadillac. For practical purposes, there are no import dealerships outside of large cities such as Salt Lake City ( 3 hours away).

This could become a bigger problem for rural America. Foreign manufacturers only care about market size and revenue. Small rural communities are unattractive for most foreign car dealerships. They are unprofitable. We need a national policy to help-out with this market efficiency. However, another auto bailout for GM is not advisable. Perhaps a merger with another auto company with the stipulation they subsidize rural dealerships would be a possible solution, given the other economic realities. Think outside the box !

26 06 2019
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you for your comments, Craig.

First, Toyota and Lexus products must be boycotted too. What Toyota did on a worldwide scale to bury the truth of its unsafe vehicles is criminal and truly mind-boggling. Its executives should be in prison now; and its co-conspirators in the United States (e.g., regulators, members of Congress who were effectively “bought off”) and other countries should have joined them.

See (“Toyota And Lexus Vehicles Are Unsafe”) (see also ALL of the extensive comments beneath the article)

Second, I agree completely that GM “should be allowed to fail and go out of business.” As I stated in response to your comments above, on January 26, 2019:

I bought a Chevrolet from a dealership that was excellent in terms of service. My son did the same; and after the GM bankruptcy, it shuttered the dealership because it was not warehousing enough cars, and was keeping its inventory lean.

I vowed there and then never to buy another GM product again. What they did to the loyal employees of this dealership was cruel, heartless and irresponsible. The dealership had an excellent reputation in the community.

I was involved legally (as an expert witness) with another dealership in the Midwest, which sold Ford products. I was very impressed with how Ford handled the matters. It was fair at each and every juncture, based on my limited observations.

Third, because Cadillac’s survival is in doubt, this may leave Chevrolet, GMC and Buick as GM’s remaining brands, serving small rural communities—along with Ford, which buckled down and survived after GM and Chrysler were bailed out. Now Ford is the largest selling brand in the U.S.; and Ford F-Series trucks are the largest selling vehicles in America, by far. Why GM kept the Buick brand is also mind-boggling, when it might have kept Pontiac that appealed to the youth market.

Fourth, cars and trucks can be bought online, and checked out online. A family member is shopping today for a used car for a teenager. Online shopping, with CARFAX reports on the quality and safety of the vehicle, make shopping easier than in the past.

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