Ignition Defects Trigger Yet another GM Recall


GM Sets New Company Record with Latest Recall

GM (General Motors) is now recalling even more vehicles due to defects involving faulty ignitions. The car manufacturer's latest announcement brings the total number of GM recalls this year to a whopping 44.

This recall covers 3.4 million cars with model years from 2000-2014:

  • Buick Lacrosse, 2005-2009
  • Chevrolet Impala, 2006-2014
  • Cadillac Deville, 2000-2005
  • Cadillac DTS, 2004-2011
  • Buick Lucerne, 2006-2011
  • Buick Regal LS & GS, 2004-2005
  • Chevy Monte Carlo, 2006-2008

GM maintains that they must change the keys in all recalled vehicles, because they may cause ignition switches to move out of position. Drivers are particularly at risk if their keys are carrying excess weight—a bulky keychain, for example. If the key has extra weight and the car is suddenly jarred, like when you hit a pothole, the ignition switch can rotate out of the "run" position. This can cut the engine and disable power steering, causing drivers to lose control. The air bags will also be disabled.

Dealers will fix the defect by adding an insert to the car keys to change the hole from a slot to a circle. GM is instructing owners to remove everything from their keychains, and drive with only the key in the ignition until they get a new key.

In 2014 alone, GM has recalled 17.73 million vehicles in the US. This surpasses the company's previous US recall record of 10.75 million vehicles, which was set in 2004.

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Source: “GM recalls 3.4 million more cars for ignition defect.” Cbsnews.com. June 17, 2014.