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GM Recalls Truck and SUV’s Due to Ignition Switch Defect

Maina Mehrotra9 months ago

General Motors is recalling about 3,300 pickup trucks and SUV’s due to another ignition switch defect. Earlier, GM agreed to pay $900 million to settle the criminal charges caused by the ignition switch defect. 

About the GM Ignition Switch Recall

Simply put, the trucks have ignition lock gears that may turn inadvertently. In a statement from GM, it is explained that the key could get stuck in the “start” position at a higher interior temperature, and if it is driven in that position, the key can turn to “accessory” when the temperatures cool or if the key is banged into.

According to CBS News, the previous ignition switch recall was because the switches can slide out of the run position, shutting off the engine, eventually, knocking the power steering, power brakes, and air bags out.

The issue was noticeable in the 2014 Chevrolet Silverados, GMC Sierras and 2015 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe SUVs. 

GM “Speak Up For Safety” Program

There were no reports of injury or accident of the new recall, thanks to a new GM “Speak Up For Safety” program. According to USA Today, the dealers will replace the ignition lock setting.

The GM spokesman, Alan Adler explained “A company employee driving his own vehicle told other engineers about it and they submitted the 'Speak Up for Safety' form”.  It is encouraged for employees to speak up to their superiors, and each report will be handles according to the level of severity. 

The initiative was enacted following congressional hearings over ignition issues in some 12 million vehicles in 2014. The issue was linked to as many as 303 deaths by the Center for Auto Safety and resulted in mass litigation against the automaker.


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