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GM Waited Two Weeks on Ion Recall

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Tina Robinson4 years ago

New information provided by General Motors Co. reveals that GM waited two weeks to expand its recall of vehicles affected by defective ignition switches to include the Saturn Ion and other compact cars.

GM Delays Saturn Ion Recall for Two Weeks

A Reuters report claims that GM was aware of four fatalities involving the Saturn Ion, but waited over two weeks before adding the model to the list of recalled vehicles.

On Feb. 7, GM initially recalled 780,000 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 vehicles.

The recall was expanded on Feb. 25 to include the Saturn Ion and other compact cars known to have the faulty ignition switch.

The ignition switch in these models has been known to cause the engine and the major electrical components of the cars to shut down while drivers are operating the vehicles, resulting in the loss of safety features including anti-lock brakes and airbags.

There have been 34 crashes, including at least 12 fatalities, linked to the ignition switch failure.

New Information about the GM Recall

  • An amended report submitted by GM reveals that the company was aware of the faulty ignition switch as far back as 2001, during preproduction testing of the Saturn Ion.
  • Original reports claimed that GM found about the problem in 2004 while testing the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt.
  • After the initial recall on Feb. 7, GM waited for a more in-depth analysis of the problem to recall the additional vehicles.
  • Even after repairing the switch, drivers are advised by GM to avoid heavy key rings with unnecessary keys.
Investigations into the Recall

According to Reuters, there have been three inquiries launched to investigate events surrounding the recall:

  • A U.S. Senate subcommittee plans to hold a hearing in April. The consumer protection committee will study the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's (NHTSA) handling of the recall.
  • Federal prosecutors have opened a probe to determine if GM is criminally liable for failing to properly disclose information. The U.S. Attorney is working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to examine the case.
  • The U.S. House Energy and Commerce committee has also requested that GM and the NHTSA provide information about the faulty ignition switch.
  • GM faces a fine of up to $35 million from the NHTSA. 


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