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GM Expands Ignition Switch Recall Once Again

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Tina Robinson3 years ago

General Motors recently announced an second expansion to their ignition switch recall to include an additional 971,000 vehicles.

Details of the Expanded Ignition Switch Recall

According to a Reuters report, GM announced late Friday afternoon that it was expanding a February recall of vehicles known to have defective ignition switches to include model years 2008-2011 of the Chevrolet Cobalt, Chevrolet HHR, Pontiac G5, Pontiac Solstice and Pontiac Sky. This is the second time that GM has expanded the ignition switch recall.

GM says that some of the newer models may have been repaired with faulty switches and, as a precaution, is recalling them. The automaker has also recalled all replacement ignition switches that have been sent to aftermarket distributors.

In February, GM recalled 1.6 million vehicles with faulty ignition switches. The ignition switches had a design flaw that allowed keys to be switched out of the “on” position, resulting in a sudden loss of engine power and safety features. At least 12 deaths and 34 crashes have been linked by the automaker to the defective switches.

In April 2006 a GM engineer authorized the manufacturer of the ignition switches to redesign the part but failed to change the part number. As a result, it is nearly impossible to tell defective switches from good ones. Thursday GM announced that a new part number would be given to new replacement ignition switches to avoid confusion.

Updated List of Recalled Vehicles


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