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Crash-Bag Dummies


Never make a big purchase on the spur of the moment or in a fit of mental weakness. I like cars, I have owned over 50, and when I saw a shiny bright red Buick on the GM lot in my town, It blew me away and because all the stars were in place for a change in my life, I fell like a star struck teen-ager when seeing this car.  It was big, bold and beautiful.  I didn’t need a new car but my morale was low and it needed a boost. I have had many pleasing rides and a couple of times over the past few years, I was able to comfortably take 7 passengers into the beautiful countryside of the Niagara peninsula.  It is a large spacious and comfortable automobile.

In June 2023, I received a recall on my vehicle stating that the driver-side airbag could be faulty and that if it were to engage, there could be injury or death to the occupants. We began to drive our 2nd. car for all but long trips and the Buick has been sitting in the garage for the past 7 months. It is like new with only 74000 kilometers on it. I have thousands of dollars invested in this vehicle and the dealer, while sympathetic to my plight, is unable to do very much. My trade-in value is much lower until the recall can be completed and GM have no idea when that will be. I have asked for a rental be provided that is safe to drive, perhaps a controlled removal or disconnect of the faulty bag but my pleas have been in vain. GM will do nothing but ask that I wait for a letter for the repairs to be done. 

Perhaps I would feel better about driving a death trap had I not experienced a head on crash years ago that demolished my new car and hospitalized me for a total of 10 weeks. I also spent many month extracting shears from by body, a possible consequence if my airbag explodes in my Buick.

I have been hung out to dry by GM. They have told me that there is nothing they can do. Like the covid19 vaccine if you die from it, that is too bad. The manufacturer accepts no liability, and who will be left to sue them? a dead guy? 

If you are driving a Buick Enclave between 2014-2017 or a Chevrolet Traverse or a GMC Acadia or a SAAB, beware. If you are driving anything with airbags, many other car makers have the same product, so beware and know if you are sitting behind the wheel of a potential killer.


Paul D. Scott.                       www.

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