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It may not come as much of a surprise given the past year or so of GM history, but GM has now recalled some Buick Encores.
Gm is recalling Buick Encores that were built in 2013 and 2014. The reason for the defect is pretty odd. There was a loss of power on a laser welding machine, and that means that some vehicles that were built between July 2013 and January 2014 may suffer from an incomplete weld on the seat hook bracket.
To be fair, the recall is fairly minor. GM says that only less than 1% of all models built in that time period are actually in need of service. Nevertheless, owners should bring their vehicles to their local GM dealership so that it can be inspected and, if necessary, there can be a replacement of the lower seat track.
It seemed for a while that Buick would be spared from the recall bonanza that Gm is going through right now, but I guess not. Along with the Buick Encore, these models are also affected by this particular recall: 2013-2014 Cadillac ATS, 2014 Cadillac CTS and ELR, 2014 Chevrolet Caprice and SS, 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado LD and HD, 2014-2015 GMC Sierra LD and HD.
If you haven't bought the Encore yet, does Gm's recall craze make you weary of buying a GM vehicle, and if you have bought the Encore already, how do you feel about being included in the recall parade now?
This crossover is too big, that hatchback is too small, is the Encore just right? Smack dab in the middle between the SUV/CUV craze and the increasing acceptance of small city cars sits our diminutive Encore. Who would of thought the Encore would of carved out a new niche almost single handedly.
Don't believe me? Fine, consider this. In 2013 Buick shuffled off 31,000 (US figures) Encores, but before you baulk just know that at 31,000 units Buick struggled mightily to even keep up with demand. Essentially Encore was driving the growth of this very nascent segment, to the point that Buick seems to of attracted the attention of quite a few notables.
Firstly, Infinti will be attempting to latch onto the Encores dominance in China with an Infiniti badged version of the Nissan Juke, some think it could make its way to the US as well, but thats likely a stretch...
Next and most notable would be Mercedes with their GLA. Probably the biggest threat to the Encores dominance in segment, the three pointed star has already seen quite a bit of success at lower price points with their CLA sedan.
Truth be told competition breeds superior products, we can only hope for the best now that Encore will have a legitimate fight on their hands. And that is nothing but good news for the consumer.
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