Between their refusal to fix a known problem (really the airbag will not work if the ignition isn't on?) To the government bailout, there should be no reason that any one should be looking towards the general for a new vehicle. Since the feds had to force them to fix their cars I don't see any reason that they wont try to cover up the next safety problem.
I am very particular about the company I buy from when it comes to things like vehicles. I normally pick a favorite and stick with it, and General Motors Co is not my favorite. Would my favorite have ever shifted in GM's favor? Possible, but with news like these recalls running about, I see no reason why that would happen.
The massive recalls of GM vehicles reflects on the corporate attitude of the "old GM." Since the rebirth of the new GM, post bankruptcy, there is a sense of accountability and pride in workmanship. I would have no problem buying a vehicle produced by the new GM. I also believe that the new GM will take responsibility for the actions of the old GM.
Over the last 10 years, General Motors has made it known that they are less-than-perfect. From their vehicle recalls to an entire government bailout, no one in America questions its imperfection. However when choosing a new vehicle, my safety, that of my family, and that of those around me are all collectively of paramount importance. While younger car manufacturers may have better technologies or smoother track records, none of them have the amount of experience GM has.
It is my belief that the event of a recall such as this forces a company to examine its infrastructure anew. GM will make it their goal to improve overall customer satisfaction and regain trust. Though I will not purchase those vehicles mentioned in the recall, this will not make me less likely to purchase a GM vehicle in the future. I firmly believe that if GM survives this it will be because they took the time and effort to improve their standards and fix the problems.