General Motors’ troubles with safety recalls have surfaced in another case, this time with the company recalling a group of SUVs for a third time to fix power-window switches that can catch fire.
The problem, revealed in documents posted by federal safety regulators this week, is so serious that GM is telling customers to park the SUVs outdoors until they are repaired because they could catch fire when left unattended.
The vehicles will be left outside for a while. Parts won’t be ready until October at the earliest, according to GM. The automaker also has ordered its dealers to stop selling the SUVs as used cars until they are fixed.
The recall covers about 189,000 vehicles in North America, mainly from the 2006 and 2007 model years. Models affected include the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainer, Isuzu Ascender and Saab 97-X. The recall was one of six announced by GM on June 30 that covered 7.6 million vehicles.
GM, which has a truck assembly plant in Allen County, is in the midst of the biggest safety crisis in its history, touched off by the delayed recall of 2.6 million older small cars to fix faulty ignition switches.
Home constructionpermits up slightly
Allen County had 87 residential construction permits in July, a1.2 percent increase from 86 requests issued in July 2013, according to the Home Builders Association of Fort Wayne.
The average home construction cost in July was $250,733, compared with $219,975 in July 2013.
Year to date, 426 permits have been requested, a 14.1 percent decline from the 496 sought during the first seven months of 2013.
Consumer debt loadrises at slower pace
U.S. consumers expanded their borrowing at a slower rate in June compared with the previous month.
Overall, credit rose by $18.3 billion in June to a total of $3.17 trillion, the Federal Reserve said Thursday. The rise was down from a gain of $21.5 billion in May.
The smaller increase suggests that consumers remain sheepish about spending, which could limit how fast the economy can grow. Rising debt loads are generally a sign of greater confidence in the economy and tend to accelerate growth.
US airlines showrise in late flights
More U.S. flights arrived late in June than the month before, continuing a string of poor performances by the nation’s airlines.
The government says that in the first six months of the year, the rate of late flights was the highest since 2008, and cancellations were the highest since 2000.
The U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday that among airlines reporting figures, 71.8 percent of domestic flights arrived on time in June, down from 76.9 percent in May and 71.9 percent in June 2013. A flight counts as late if it arrives more than 14 minutes behind schedule.
Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines, which aren’t as exposed to bad weather in the eastern and central parts of the country, had the best on-time ratings. Delta Air Lines led among the biggest carriers.