On Monday the list of General Motors vehicles with ignition problems continued to grow as the automaker recalled 3.16 million vehicles due to a faulty key design, according to an article in Time. Certain model years of the Cadillac Deville were included in Monday’s recall.
GM has announced it is recalling 3.16 million vehicles due to a faulty ignition key design that can cause ignition switches to unintentionally move out of the “run” position. One of the vehicle models affected by that recall is the 2000-2005 Cadillac Deville.
GM says it is aware of six injuries and eight crashes related to the latest recall.
The automaker says the ignition keys 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.” Owners are strongly advised to remove any extra items from the ignition key until repaired. GM says dealers will put a key insert into the slot which leaves only a hole for the key ring.
Unlike the widely publicized ignition switch recall that affected the Saturn Ion, Chevy Cobalt, and related older models earlier this year, GM says the new recall is a problem with the GM key itself rather than a defective switch. The result, however, is the same: safety features such as airbags, power brakes, and power steering can become disabled resulting in a greater risk of crashes or injury. On Friday, GM recalled nearly 600,000 Chevy Camaros with a similar key design problem.
Description of the Recalled Vehicles
To-date, GM has issued 44 recalls this year which affect more than 20 million vehicles worldwide. The automaker raised its expected second-quarter charge of $400 million to $700 million to cover the expenses of the new recalls. Overall, GM has taken $2 billion in charges this year.
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.