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Five Models added to GM’s Ignition Switch Recall

Destiny Baker3 years ago

General Motors Co. announced Tuesday that it has added five more models to its ignition switch recall, effectively double the number of affected vehicles and consumers.

Saturn Sky, Saturn Ion, Chevy HHR and Pontiac Solstice Added to Recall

According to Bloomberg, General Motors has added five more models to a recall it recently initiated to fix defective ignition switches that have been linked to 13 deaths, bringing the total number of recalled vehicles from 778,562 to 1.37 million.

Initially only affecting 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and 2007 Pontiac G5 models, the recall now also includes:

  • 2003-2007 Saturn Ion
  • 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR
  • 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice
  • 2006-2007 Saturn Sky

The company also stated that it will be recalling some year models of the Pontiac Pursuit, a vehicle that was sold exclusively in Canada.

According to the recall, jarring events such as a bumpy road or even a heavy key ring can lead to the ignition switch moving out of the “run” position, resulting in loss of power to the vehicle. This can result in the loss of power steering, brakes and even prevent airbags from deploying in the event of a collision.

GM Accused of Delaying Recall

While GM informed federal safety regulators of a link between the defective ignition switches and airbags not deploying in 2007, they adressed the issue through “technical service bulletins” meaning it was not considered a serious safety concern.

However, recent accusations suggest that GM knew of the problem as early as 2004 when an engineer experienced ignition switch issues during a test drive of the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt.

In a deposition, program engineering manager Gary Altman testified that the compan’s remedy, a snap-on key cover, was more of an “improvement” than an actual “fix.”

A mandatory recall was not issued until February 13, 2014, nearly ten years after the issue was first discovered, after six deaths were linked to the ignition issue and air bag failures – that number is now 13.

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