Tuesday, July 1, 2014


General Motors has now recalled more than 28 million of its automobiles, dating back to 1997, for problems mainly with an ignition switch that can, and has, caused fatal accidents.  GM's relatively new boss, Mary Barra, was slammed with this growing problem virtually as soon as she took over.  It seems to me she has handled the problem well, bravely facing Congressional panels and members of the news media with equanimity and promises to fix the problem.

Lawyer Ken Feinberg has been hired to settle with families who have suffered fatalities stemming from the ignition problems and GM has put no restrictions in him.

All of which does not prevent the humorists among us from taking advantage of the seriousness of the issue to post a good joke.  At least I thought it was good.  Sometimes when all hell is breaking loose all around us it is good to have a sense of humor.


  1. Mary Barra has done a superb job and has pretty maintained cool and grace under pressure. An historic hire for GM and she's doing well.
    The joke is great. Just looking at Mike Myers can make you chuckle.

    1. pretty MUCH maintained---there was a word missing.

  2. We don't own a GM car but BMWs are also being recalled for faulty airbags, but our VIN number hasn't come up...yet.

  3. Maybe not lately, but they once asked me to bring my 1976 Pinto Runabout back…before it went BOOM!!!

  4. And I am still wondering about the hordes of brand new cars rusting in cemeteries.

  5. The things they will do or not do for a buck. It's the norm until they are caught.

  6. Good old GM. Although, when in grad school I owned a '71 Caprice, the 'dark years' of got 12 mpg, drove like a battleship, etc, but I could go out to Cal's parking lot and stretch out in the back seat for a afternoon nap. They never had recalls back then, bad things were just part of the experience.


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