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Defective GM Vehicles Sold Overseas

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Jarod Cassidy4 years ago

The General Motors (GM) ignition switch recall has expanded to include models sold overseas in Europe, Japan and South Korea.

GM Recall Spans Three Continents

According to USA Today, GM has issued recalls for three vehicle models that were sold in Europe, South Korea and Japan bringing the total number of affected vehicles to 1.62 million.

Experts are claiming that, like many recent recalls, the GM recall demonstrates how sharing platforms and components with overseas manufacturers to save costs can create a domino effect that can cross both borders and oceans.

The overseas recall includes:

  • 2,361 2007 Opel GT vehicles sold in Europe.
  • 60 2007 Daewoo G2x vehicles sold in South Korea.
  • 170 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHRs sold in Japan.

Faulty Ignition Switches Linked to 13 Deaths

Despite records showing that GM first discovered the ignition switch problem in 2004, it took 10 years, 13 deaths and 33 frontal collisions before the company finally decided to recall the affected vehicles.

During their February recall announcement, GM claimed that “jarring events” could cause the vehicles' ignition switches to shift from the “run” position to the “accessory” or “off” positions, cutting power to the engine and disabling a number of safety features including airbags.

The “jarring events” that could cause this include bumpy roads and heavy key rings.

GM's handling of the defect and recall have prompted multiple regulatory and legislative bodies to open investigations.

So far, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the U.S. Department of Justice are all conducting independent investigations into the auto maker’s actions.

Should the Justice Department or NHTSA investigations reveal that GM violated the law in any way with its handling of the defect and recall, the company could face up to $35 million in fines and a further criminal investigation.


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