Back in May of 2009, General Motors issued the first ever recall for its then new, fifth generation Camaro that was sold as a 2010 model, only a few weeks after launch.
The recall affected 1,243 Camaro SS coupes equipped with a V8 engine because of a short-circuit risk that could lead to a fire. The culprit was a positive battery cable that could rub against the starter motor housing causing wear on the cable insulation.
In all recall cases, the automaker directly or through one of its dealers, contacts owners of the affected models to inform them about the problem and how and when it will be fixed (which is stated in GM's Recall Bulletin that you can find below).
One owner of the 2010 Camaro SS, however, claims that he didn't know about the defect and the recall, and as a result, his beloved muscle car went up in flames burning nearly everything from the windshield and forth.
The owner's name is Christopher J. Williams and he posted a video of what remains of his burned Camaro SS on YouTube.
Now, you'll probably be wondering why he did that, but before we get to that, allow us to tell you that Williams says his insurance paid off the rest of the loan on his car.
What Williams wants, is for General Motors to finance him a new 2012 a 2013 Camaro ZL1 (that's the $54,350 flagship of the series with a scorching –pun intended – 580hp supercharged V8), because his credit union allegedly won't lend him any money.
From the video alone, we cannot confirm that Williams' car was burnt because of the aforesaid cable defect nor if -as he claims- neither GM or one of its dealers came in contact with him, but this is what he stated on YouTube:
"It caught fire. We do not know why". In a comment under the alias / YouTube Channel name, "kkriskringle", he continues: "I was never notified of the recall. If I had, I would have taken it in as fast as possible."
As for what he would like GM to do, Williams states: "I am not asking GM to give me a new car. I am asking Dan Akerson to order his GM financing division to finance a 2012 or 2013 ZL1 for me. I can handle $600.00 per month payments no problem. This car was my dream and I loved her. Please GM stand behind your product."
He also explains why he can't be financed: "I had a full time job when I bought the car but I own my own company now and banks are scared to lend money to a new business owner. GM Please sell me a ZL1 and finance it for me. I will make all the payments but I need your help. I am an average working Joe working hard. I am a Chevy man and I deserve to be helped out."
You can check out Williams' video-plea right past the break, and then head to the comments to voice your thoughts.
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