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TOTD: What Would Cause you to Lose Faith in an Automaker?

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/18/2014 Jason Udy
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General Motors is facing one of the largest recall blitzes in automotive history. With the latest recalls this week, GM has recalled more than 20 million vehicles since the initial ignition recall in mid-February. While all automakers issue recalls, GM is being investigated for its internal handling of safety concerns, which no doubt has had an effect on some consumers' views of the company. Today, we want to know what would cause you to lose faith in an automaker.

GM isn’t the only automaker to receive bad press and government scrutiny over safety issues. In 2009, Toyota received lots of attention for the so-called “ unintended acceleration ” issue where customers claimed the gas pedal stuck and the vehicles accelerated to unsafe speeds. Earlier this year, the U.S. Justice Department fined Toyota $1.2 billion for its conduct relating to the 2009-2010 unintended acceleration and floor mat recalls.

Other automakers have gained negative attention for unsafe designs such as the 1970s-era Ford Pinto coupe that could explode during a rear end collision due to the gas tank being located behind the rear axle. More recently, the Ford Explorer SUV of the late-1990s to 2001 and Firestone tires were the subject of bad press.

What would cause you to lose faith in an automaker? Share your thoughts on today’s Thread of the Day below.

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