Saturday, November 12, 2011

General Motors information

General Motors Corp. Office
300 Renaissance Center #L1
Detroit MI 48243 1403
Tel# 1-313-556-5000

Daniel Akerson Chairman and CEO
Bob Lutz Vice Chairman

ALSO: Mary Barra ( see  below )

GM Appoints Mary Barra to Lead Global Product Development

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DETROIT – General Motors today named Mary Barra senior vice president, Global Product Development, to lead the design, engineering, program management and quality of vehicles for the company’s 11 brands around the world.
“Mary will bring a fresh perspective to the critically important job of developing vehicles that delight global customers,” said Dan Akerson, GM Chairman and CEO. “Her broad experience in engineering, manufacturing and staff functions, combined with the ability to collaborate and build strong relationships will enhance the company’s ability to deliver the products today’s consumers demand.”
Barra will lead the Product Development organization responsible for managing all global vehicle programs for GM.  In this position, she will continue to focus on the customer in the areas of global design, vehicle and powertrain engineering, program management and quality with the goal of delivering the world's best vehicles.  With more than 36,000 members, her team will also manage global strategic product alliances.
“Knowing that today’s global customer expects even more from their GM vehicle means we have to work harder than ever to exceed those expectations,” said Barra. “I’m excited by the opportunity associated with this new challenge and pleased to be joining such a strong team with deep technical knowledge and experience.”
Recognized for bringing diverse groups together for a common purpose, Barra was appointed vice president, Global Human Resources in 2009, to initiate change in the company’s culture during the largest restructuring in GM’s history.  Prior to this appointment, she had been vice president, Global Manufacturing Engineering. Barra has also held a number of engineering and staff positions, including plant manager, Detroit Hamtramck Assembly Plant; executive director of Competitive Operations Engineering; and general director of Internal Communications for GM North America.
Barra began her career with General Motors in 1980 as a General Motors Institute (Kettering University) co-op student at the Pontiac Motor Division. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. In 1988, Barra received a GM fellowship to the Stanford Graduate School of Business and in 1990 graduated with an MBA in Business Administration.
She serves on the Kettering University Board of Trustees and Inforum Center for Leadership Board of Directors.  Barra is also Key Executive for Stanford University.
Barra was named one of Automotive News’ 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry” in 2005, and again in 2010.  In 2010, she also earned Kettering Alumni Association’s Management Achievement Award for her specific contributions with positive and lasting effects in the field of management.
Barra, 49, will continue to report to Akerson and serve on the Executive Committee.  Her move becomes effective Feb. 1.
A successor for Barra in Global Human Resources will be announced at a later date.

Great website created by a fellow GM victim

The above website was created by a fellow GM victim. If is full of great information. I urge everyone to take a look. This guy has done a GREAT job.

Useful information

Here are some of the addresses/ websites that I think might be helpful:

List of trucks officially affected:

Chevy Avalanche         1999-2003
Chevy Silverado            1999-2003
Chevy Suburban            1999-2003
GMC Sierra                   1999-2003
GMC Tahoe                   1999-2003
GMC Yukon                  1999-2003  
This is the website for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is the first place you should go to file a formal complaint. You can also look up the investigation that was done on GMC and see all correspondents to and from GMC. You can also look up all information for the Toyota Tundra recall.

NHTSA address:             NHTSA Headquarters
                                        1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
                                        West Building
                                        Washington, DC 20590

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Brake line failure due to rusting

  Two weeks ago, my husband was driving his 1999 GMC Sierra, when suddenly and without any warning, the brakes went out completely. He came very close to getting into a vary bad accident. After being towed to a GMC service center, he was told the brake lines had rusted out. We had to have the entire brake line done, at a cost of over $1,600.00. Then while the truck is being worked on we get the news that the crossmemeber of the frame that holds up the gas tank is also severely
rusted out.Obviously  this is a huge danger to be driving around in a truck that the gas tank can fall out of. The GMC service center said there was nothing they could do as this is part of the frame.

  First, I would like to say that my husband has babied this truck from day one. It has never been off road, never been even near water, mostly used to drive back and forth to work, and an occasional trip to Home Depot.  My husband is a HUGE believer that we should all buy American cars, he has also always been a big proponent of GM. He is absolutely floored that this has happened.

  Second I would like to point out that this rusting issue is not something that you can really see from just going under the truck. It is not until the bed is off the truck that you can see the severity of the rusting. This is a very scary issue, as the gas tank could just give way without any warning as did the brakes. Luckily my husband is an experienced driver that was able to avoid a potential fatal accident, but I can't even imagine a younger less experienced driver having this happen to him/her. I have never seen a vehicle rust this badly at any age.

 Since this has happened, I have done quite a bit of research on this subject, and there are hundreds of GM truck owners that have the same problem. On March 30, 2010 the NHTSA started an investigation ( all documentation is available to review on the NHTSA website ) On January 5, 2011 the decided not to recall these trucks. This is not surprising since the United States Government bailed out General Motors. What makes this even more surprising is that the NHTSA received much less complaints for a very similar issue with the 2000-2003 Toyota Tundra truck, and a recall WAS issued. The Toyota recall was issued on or about April 30, 2010........ HMMMMM

 I Urge people to PLEASE make a formal complaint to GM corp. offices along with the NHTSA, and if this does not work, I hope that we can all get together as GM owners, and proceed with a class action lawsuit.

 This is a HUGE safety issue, and I would hope that GM and NHTSA would step up and take responsibility for this DANGEROUS problem.

 I will be posting as many links, addresses, information that I can get my hands on, and I would greatly appreciate it if other GM truck owners would also post and information that they think would be helpful.

Thank You