• May 6, 2009
Camaro5 forum member Bumleb drove his brand new 2010 Chevy Camaro SS about 40 miles when it suddenly just shut down (that's his car above being trailered back to the dealer on a flat bed). The culprit turned out to be a battery cable run from the trunk. Its insulation had broken down from rubbing up against the starter and eventually just shorted out, which ultimately caused the car itself to shut down. Before this was known, however, the forums blew up with speculation about what could be the cause and Mustang and Challenger fanboys had a field day. It turns out, however, that what happened to Bumleb's new Camaro may not be an isolated incident. General Motors has reportedly issued a voluntary product safety recall for any 2010 Chevy Camaro equipped with a V8 engine to ensure this doesn't happen again.

The recall is a pretty easy fix, but GM is reportedly offering two options for owners: a temporary fix that requires a second visit to a dealer and a permanent fix. The temporary fix involves wrapping the battery cable with protective insulating tape and rerouting it to ensure enough clearance between it and the starter. The permanent fix involves the same thing, except will use a new engine wiring harness that's being shipped to all dealers by May 11. Thus, owners can choose the temporary fix and keep driving their Camaro or just leave it at the dealer until the new wiring harnesses arrive.

The real question is whether or not this recall will damage the Camaro's reputation and ultimately hurt sales. Every aspect of GM is under the microscope, so what does it say when such an important new product launches with a recall right out of the gate? Thanks for the tip, Mark!

UPDATE: The AP reports that GM has built about 1,400 Camaros equipped with a V8 that are affected by this issue, but only 300 have been sold and are therefore under recall. The rest will be fixed before they're delivered to dealers.

[Source: Camaro5]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd tread lightly here, audifan.

      At least GM recalls their car when one breaks down.

      While service bays are full of busted Audis...
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Heimbachae,

        I'm only "Audi bashing" because audifan is AGHAST!! about this Camaro recall when the Audis he's a fan of are among the least reliable vehicles on sale in America today, and they have their fair share of recalls, too. I'm calling him on his double-standard.

        Bankruptcy has nothing to do with it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        if everyone is going to audi bash i'm gonna have to GM putting out poor products and poorly handling their money bash. i'm just saying, it's going to happen.
      Christopher
      • 5 Years Ago
      like inline6 said, just pointing out the peoples double standards associated with auto recalls.

      as i really far out there example, i could say that if honda and toyota were to plant bombs in their cars earmarked for sale in the u.s. to explode 6 months after purchase of vehicle, potentially millions of u.s. citizens dead and injured....
      because hondas and toyotas have a reputation for being able to do no wrong, realistic u.s. consumer reaction = "awww that's okay. we're sure that it was an accident and you didn't mean it."

      by contrast if say gm or ford or chrysler has a recall for a faulty ac unit that doesn't work and has to be replaced before someone driving the car can enjoy the ac on a hot summer day..... realistic u.s. consumer reaction would = peasant mobs with torches and pitchforks out for blood.. "Death to King Louis!!!"

      the u.s. has long abandoned a manufacturing sector the auto companies just happen to be the last bastions left barely standing at this point in time. seriously how often does "Made in America" or "Made in the U.S.A." apply to anything at all anymore? very rarely cause we have almost nothing left made here
      GeneJB46
      • 5 Years Ago
      Get real! GM didn't manufacture that cable some supplier did! For it to fail after 40 miles... obvious defective coating from the supplier. For GM to stand up to make it right after delivery of a few hundred units... Outstanding! An observation... Foreign Nameplate Owners always out bashing US Auto Manufacturers and their labor force to boost their own egos and concscience for their poor economic choice of sending their money and their job overseas... typical. Get the facts!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The car looks like a Dodge Charger...and to think, they spent HOW MUCH time working on this car? Spent HOW MUCH money (spent wisely, I see). It is clear why GM is in financial trouble. I had a 2000 Grand Prix that had 89,000+ miles and never had a major issue with it for the 7 years I owned it. This is the best they can do?
      • 5 Years Ago
      True to form, right to the bitter end. Gimme Motors couldn't arrange a booze-up in a brewery without screwing it up.
      I don't know which is funnier (or more pitiable), the story or the GM fanboys' reaction to the reaction to it!
      Have a nice day! LOL!
        • 5 Years Ago
        oby,

        If this recall proves [GM] "couldn't arrange a booze-up in a brewery without screwing it up", then tell me who can.

        There's a difference between being a fanboy and having your facts straight. I'm the latter. You're the former.
      • 5 Years Ago
      One car and a voluntary recall? All this means is that GM whats its customers to be satisfied with their car. Some people hear one thing about one car and OMG! GM sucks! Its quite ridiculous and clear that many ware just waiting for any kind of flaw no matter how small. It really is ridiculous. I will take mine in Black please
      • 5 Years Ago
      You can't deny that it is funny...but the 1st year model of a new car is always gonna have a few minor issues whether its a Honda or a Chevy
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good for GM for catching this soon and taking care of it. Sucks for Camaro owners that it happened but it's good to see that they're addressing the problem immediately.
      • 5 Years Ago
      HAHHAHAAHAHAHHAHHAHHAAHAHHAHHAHHAHHAHHAHHAHHAAHAHAHAHA
      *breathe*

      oh man that's good stuff right there. Yeah GM you're doing great!!!! rofl
        • 5 Years Ago
        I guess you forgot when the BMW MINI was recalled right as it came out.

        http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/1523086.stm
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sorry audifan, you lose.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ... okay?
        • 5 Years Ago
        So, should we mention the Audi 5000? Its a battery cable issue - not really a life ender.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Like anyone thought BMWs were reliable.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, because Audi and VW's never had any electrical issues.
        • 5 Years Ago
        LoL, no, we didn't forget the mini recall. Oddly enough, my buddy just picked up his yesterday (camaro, v8, orange, without the options he wanted but he's tired of his dealer F*ing up) and had a lot of fun with both of his minis when the recalls came down the line, the camaro isn't even phasing him as a result :). The recall at least, the clutch is less then he expected for a 35k performance car but whatevers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You can't please all the people all the time.

      Unless automakers produce an AWD, 7-passenger sportscar with 10000lb towing capacity, the interior of a Bentley, 21" rims and 600HP, that produces near-zero emissions, made of space-age materials, that gets 50MPG combined while never needing repairs, you won't please people. In fact, someone probably will still gripe.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because, you know, I just really wanted a convertible version...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah, you know the old saying, never buy a First year run of a brand new model, there bound to be quirks and or glitches that will be sorted out for the second year run model while the first year owners deal with the headaches..

      • 5 Years Ago
      It's too bad really, not a huge issue or anything, but it's just bad timing for GM.
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