According to GM, approximately 511,528 Chevrolet Camaros have been recalled due to an ignition switch problem. The automaker says a driver’s knee can come into contact with the key fob and push the ignition switch out of the “run” position, causing engine stalls.
GM has said it is aware of four minor injuries related to the Camaro ignition defect. The company says it detected the problem while testing vehicles in the wake of the Cobalt and Ion recalls.
The recall affects Camaros with model years 2010 to 2014. GM has said it will notify owners of the recall and dealers will provide them with a new key.
While this might sound eerily similar to the GM ignition recall announced earlier this year, GM says this is an unrelated issue. In the case of the Camaro recall, a “switchblade key” design can cause the key to pop out of the key fob when a small button is depressed. Even though the mechanics of the problem are different, the end result is the same: the engine shuts off and safety features such as power steering, airbags, and power brakes are disabled.
In February, GM issued a recall that would eventually be expanded to cover 2.6 million older compact cars, including the Chevy Cobalt, Saturn Ion, and Pontiac G5. Documents showed that GM employees were aware of problems with the ignition switches installed in these vehicles for more than a decade. At least 13 deaths and 54 crashes have been associated with the defect. That recall has raised various investigations, fines, and legal action against the automaker.