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AutoBlog: REPORT: GM will no longer allow fleet buyers to skip out on side curtain airbags

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Little known fact: fleet customers could receive a $145 discount by opting not to have side airbags in certain vehicles from General Motors. That doesn't sound like a lot of money, but when, for example, Enterprise Rent-A-Car purchased 66,000 Chevy Impalas sans curtains, the company saved nearly $10 million. It's not like omitting side curtain airbags is illegal, either, as the safety equipment isn't mandatory. Further, similar vehicles from other OEMS don't have side airbags as standard equipment.

Safety advocates and many customers had a problem with the practice, though, as the vehicles would enter the used car market without the safety tech and some less scrupulous dealers were advertising the ex-rental vehicles as having the air bags intact.

GM had offered the discounts on 2006-2009 model vehicles, but The General has decided to stop the practice beginning with the 2010 model year. General Motors has also taken steps to ensure that customers know they're not getting side curtain airbags on older vehicles coming off fleet duty. The Detroit, MI based-automaker has modified its GM Certified website so that when dealers print out the window sticker on affected models, the correct information is displayed. GM has also notified companies like AutoTrader and Cars.com that the airbags weren't standard on some fleet vehicles. Dealers with certified used vehicles were also notified via phone to place the correct sticker windows on affected vehicles. GM estimates that over 200,000 vehicles were sold to fleets without side curtain airbags.

[source: Detroit News]

REPORT: GM will no longer allow fleet buyers to skip out on side curtain airbags originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 08 Sep 2009 09:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Very fast and responsible response by GM. It really shouldn't be GM's job to notify potential customers on the used market (that should be the dealer's job) but GM seems to be taking every measure possible to make sure the consumer is informed.

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Very fast and responsible response by GM. It really shouldn't be GM's job to notify potential customers on the used market (that should be the dealer's job) but GM seems to be taking every measure possible to make sure the consumer is informed.

At least by notifying the dealers and websites, GM shouldn't be able to be held accountable if anything were to happen due to poor advertising. I'm glad they are doing this and "being responsible," but I think that is more important for them. As is hopefully increasing revenue if certain fleet buyers still decide to buy GM products.

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This is the right thing to do on GM's part. It will help these points.

1 One less variation of car GM has to adapt the assembly line too. They already do not offer car with out air, power windows etc as it is cheaper for GM just to offere some items in all vehicle.

2 One less thing for lawyers to take to court just hopping to get a settlement out of GM to drop the case as it is cheaper to settle than fight. When will we ever get tort reform.

3 GM was wanting less fleet sales and if less buy form them because of this so be it. GM makes so little if anything on these cars.

Now if we could get GM to drop the base entry models of all cars that are not Chevy.

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Advice-RickWagoner2--BE-1-FLEET-IMPALAS.

Dear God, I had to double check that the Impala in the first post was an SS. What a mundane vehicle.

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I think tears of joy are forming because this may be the last chance to ever appropriately use Rick W's sage advice. :bowdown:

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