OnStar gets good publicity after recovering Senator’s stolen car

During a long and trying week for General Motors, the automaker actually received an unexpected dose of good public relations from Washington.

After the daughter of Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee, was allegedly carjacked in her Chevrolet Tahoe on Wednesday night in Washington — not far from the Capitol building — G.M.’s OnStar alert service in the truck tracked it and led police to it.

Two men were arrested in Maryland, and Mr. Corker, a frequent critic of Detroit’s auto industry, gushed about OnStar, even though he said he was on the verge of canceling the fee-based service.

“I was telling the lady who handles that for me in Chattanooga, each month I was saying, ‘I don’t want to pay this, I don’t want to pay this,’” Mr. Corker said, according to CNN, adding that it was a nominal fee. But thinking that OnStar might be of help someday, he kept the service, he said. “Certainly, it paid off tremendously last night.”

Mr. Corker said his 22-year-old daughter, Julia, had pulled over the family’s Tahoe to help someone she thought needed directions. “A gentleman appeared, opened the door, grabbed her by the neck,” he said. According to Mr. Corker, the man “threw her on the pavement and drove away.” Mr. Corker said she was “sore,” but not otherwise injured.

The OnStar Corporation is a subsidiary of G.M. and uses GPS and wireless communication technology to provide navigation, vehicle security and diagnostics services. G.M. has pumped much effort into selling the factory-installed system: a recent commercial shows the police pursuing an OnStar-equipped truck that was stolen by thieves. The truck is a Chevy Tahoe.

Via: The New York Times, CNN.

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