Just a day after General Motors issued a recall for 1,713 Chevrolet Impala Police Sedans in Canada, it has issued the same recall for 36,413 Impala cruisers in America. The issue concerns the front lower control arms on 2008-2012 model year patrol cars, which can fracture and separate from their mounts.

GM says that no accidents of any kind have been attributed to the problem, but that it will begin sending notices to owners later this month and dealers will replace both front lower control arms. In an email, Chevrolet spokesman Alan Adler informed Autoblog that "There is no recall or any field action on non-police (civilian) Impalas now or in the works." Why is that? According to Adler, "Analysis was done to understand the durability in non-police Impalas and showed the control arms used in the base Impalas will exceed GM Engineering durability requirements."

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GM Recalls 36,413 Police Vehicles in United States

DETROIT – General Motors is recalling 36,413 Chevrolet Impala Police Sedans from the 2008-2012 model years sold in the United States to replace the front lower control arms that support the vehicle's wheels. The safety recall does not include non-police Impala models.

If the front lower control arm fractures and separates from its handling bushing sleeve, sudden changes in vehicle handling and reduced steering control may result, depending on vehicle speed and road surface conditions.

GM knows of no crashes, injuries or deaths related to the condition. The Impala Police Sedan is sold to municipalities in the United States and Canada.

Dealers will replace the right-hand and left-hand front lower control arms. GM expects to begin mailing owner letters on Aug. 21, 2012.


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      aanbcaa
      • 2 Years Ago
      In 1969 we sent a man to the moon. In 2004 and 2012 we sent a 'rover' to Mars, but we still can't build a car without simple defects.
      Michael
      • 2 Years Ago
      Must be exciting at over 100! Heard somehting along the same lines on Toyota trucks except they rust off.
      Ian R. Campbell
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pittsburgh PD is starting to phase these out in favor of the new Ford Police Interceptors... The Impalas aren't as fragile as Chrysler's police offerings...
      donabrdluv
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hooray for China Motors!
      Jerry
      • 2 Years Ago
      So, does that mean that civilian Impalas and Grand Prixs are prone to the same failure mode at higher mileage? The police hammer on their cars, so the failures probably happen much sooner. Sure, the civilian cars meet GM's requirements for civilian durability, but the control arms are universal for all W-cars right?. Wonder if the front end will get squirrely before they whole control arm snaps off or if you just lose the thing all of a sudden when you nail a mega pothole or curb...
      dal
      • 2 Years Ago
      With all the recalls and the price of a tank of gas then seeing the article about two mule pulling a covered wagon got me thinking.............
      • 2 Years Ago
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        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        SPOILER: the police spec Impala (like the regular Impala) was designed before the bail out. The government has no say in the day-to-day operations. Please, get some help, before you end up going on a shooting rampage.
      cherofnc
      • 2 Years Ago
      Their stock is worth $20.54. after bailing them out and pumping money into that crap outfit, and screwing the former stock and bond owners royally. Now that folks is what Obama calls a success story.
        lawoff414
        • 2 Years Ago
        @cherofnc
        Don't forget the screwing that the non-union retirees got.
        ticknert2
        • 2 Years Ago
        @cherofnc
        Bankruptcy was not an option. GM lives, Osama dies, and baggies lie.
        ajschrod
        • 2 Years Ago
        @cherofnc
        And it WAS a "success story"! GM restructured with a two-tiered pay system and forced the unions to adopt more Japanese systems for more efficiency in return for their bailout. Stock value is rising--albeit slowly--in response to their excellent new products and much higher sales. Why aren't Americans proud to see that happen? Consider this: SOME of your purchase price for Japanese cars goes to Japen!
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @cherofnc
        If they had went bankrupt then what would the stock and bond holders have gotten ??? tens of 1000's of jobs lost, remember that was Mitt's plan, the so called jobs creator..
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Chris
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      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      So the big question here is if the base Impala actually uses different control-arms than the police version (highly unlikely), or if Government Motors is just shafting the civilian market because there are a lot more of them and they hope that the civilian vehicles will not see as many miles or as harsh conditions as the police vehicles do and aren't likely to fail while still under warranty (much more likely). Good reason not to buy another GM (and I'm driving two Chevy's right now).
        wilkegm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        Therre are more factors involved- the POC Impala has specific wheels and springs/shocks as well. There can be something as small a a stiffer bushing somewhere that makes the arm crack or not crack. Or the arm may actually be a stiffer piece that has a design or manufacturing flaw. Another factor is the police drive cycle- a lot of at-speed on-pavement/off pavement driving. Sure some guy might use his Impala to herd cattle and a nother to run hundreds of miles of gravel roads every day. Those are not normal and you simply cannot build every car to stand up to everything anyone could conceivably do with it. I don't think this is unreasonable at all. PS- I've never worked for GM, nor have I owned GM product in a long time. I have, however worked in Automotive R&D most of my life.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        >Goverment Motors Please stop this. The police Impala was designed long before the bail out.
        ducman69
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        Well with the old B-Bodies there was virtually no difference between and a civilian Impala SS and a cop Caprice, and GM is notorious for using the same parts in as many vehicles as possible to reduce costs. Heck, I can use a ton of Buick Roadmaster or Cadillac Fleetwood parts in my car. Its also well known that GM cuts corners on civilian cars compared to government models, and my SS is no exception (oil cooler, body mounts, etc). I've called Dell as a "random schmuck" customer before, and was treated like dirt talking to some douche in India. But when I call Dell as primary representative of my company with 60K Dell computers in circulation around the world, they will break their back for you as you speak to a "gold" tech here in the US eager to blow rainbows and sunshine up your butt. I imagine its the same thing with fleet sales, where GM knows they have to treat those bulk-buyers with respect for their repeat business, whereas they'll just rely on marketing guys to dupe the next generation.
      Jamie Houk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Or could it just be good customer service. They know that if they do not do the right thing they will lose the customer. I'm pretty sure 2008 to 2011 falls under the new GM's responsibilities.
        msspamrefuge
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jamie Houk
        2008s don't. . .neither does any 2009 that rolled off the assembly line prior to July 10th.
      DSM
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Impala has got to be the most bland and boring vehicle chosen for a police cruiser. It's one of those cars that looks 10 years older than it really is.
      LA is Best
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey GM how's that UAW pandering working out for you now!
        ticknert2
        • 2 Years Ago
        @LA is Best
        Don't drink the tea, it's full of crap. Silly baggie!
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