On Monday, General Motors added 3.16 million vehicles to a growing list of vehicles with ignition problems, according to USA Today. Included in the newest recalls are certain model years of the Buick Lacrosse.
General Motors says it is recalling 3.16 million vehicles due to a faulty ignition key design that can cause ignition switches to inadvertently move out of the “run” position. One of the vehicle models affected by that recall is the 2005-2009 Buick Lacrosse.
The automaker says the ignition keys themselves have a slot on the head of the key that, when extra weight is placed on the key chain, make it possible for the ignition to shut off if the car has a “jarring road event.” GM says dealers will use a key insert to fill in the slot and leave only a hole for the key ring. Owners are advised to remove any extra items from the ignition key until repaired.
GM says it is aware of eight crashes and six injuries related to the latest recall.
The newest round of GM ignition recalls comes just days after the automaker announced a recall of nearly 600,000 Camaros with a poor key design that can lead to moving engine stalls. Although both of the latest recalls result in the same disabling of safety features such as airbags, power brakes, and power steering, GM says the problem is not the same as the recall that affected the Chevrolet Cobalt, Saturn Ion, and related models earlier this year. In those vehicles, says the automaker, the ignition switch itself was defective.
GM also announced five separate smaller recalls on Monday for various issues such as defective gear shifts, airbag defects, and power-assist problems.
Thomas J. Henry is representing more than 1,000 GM recall victims across the United States and has been investigating injuries and deaths linked to the recall since day one. The firm launched a nationwide media investigation into the recall in April, which brought forth thousands of affected individuals who had information critical to the investigation – information that the firm has handed over to federal agencies also investigating GM’s sluggish response the recall.
As more and more individuals have flocked to Thomas J. Henry for representation, the firm has continued to push GM for a victim settlement fund. The firm has had several talks with GM’s victim compensation expert Ken Feinberg regarding appropriate victim compensation for the thousands affected by a fatal design flaw in ignition switches which left numerous dead and countless others seriously injured.