Latest GM Recall Includes Cadillac DTS
On Monday General Motors announced it was recalling 3.16 million vehicles due to a faulty key design, according to an article in Time. The latest addition more than doubles the number of vehicles the automaker has recalled with ignition problems this year. Certain model years of the Cadillac DTS were included in Monday’s recall.
About the Cadillac DTS Ignition Key Recall
GM has announced it is recalling 3.16 million vehicles due to a faulty ignition key design that can cause ignition switches to unintentionally move out of the “run” position. One of the vehicle models affected by that recall is the 2004-2011 Cadillac DTS.
GM says it is aware of eight crashes and six injuries related to the latest recall.
The automaker says the ignition keys have a slot on the head of the key that, when extra weight is placed on the key chain, make it possible for the ignition to shut off if the car has a “jarring road event.” Owners are strongly advised to remove any extra items from the ignition key until repaired. GM says dealers will put a key insert into the slot which leaves only a hole for the key ring.
The problem is similar to the one that affected 2.6 million vehicles, including the Chevy Cobalt, Saturn Ion, and related older models, earlier this year. However, GM says the new recall is a problem with the GM key design rather than with the ignition switch itself. In the end though, the result is the same: safety features such as airbags, power brakes, and power steering can become disabled resulting in a greater risk of crashes and injury. GM recalled nearly 600,000 Chevy Camaros on Friday with a similar key design problem.
Description of the Recalled Vehicles
- 2005-2009 Buick Lacrosse
- 2006-2014 Chevrolet Impala
- 2000–2005 Cadillac Deville
- 2004–2011 Cadillac DTS
- 2006–2011 Buick Lucerne
- 2004–2005 Buick Regal LS and GS
- 2006–2008 Chevy Monte Carlo
GM has issued 44 recalls this year which affect more than 20 million vehicles worldwide. The automaker raised its expected second-quarter charge of $400 million to $700 million to cover the expenses of the new recalls. Overall, GM has taken $2 billion in charges this year.
Thomas J. Henry Representing over 1,000 GM Recall Victims
Thomas J. Henry is representing more than 1,000 GM recall victims across the United States and has been investigating injuries and deaths linked to the recall since day one. The firm launched a nationwide media investigation into the recall in April, which brought forth thousands of affected individuals who had information critical to the investigation – information that the firm has handed over to federal agencies also investigating GM’s sluggish response the recall.
As more and more individuals have flocked to Thomas J. Henry for representation, the firm has continued to push GM for a victim settlement fund. The firm has had several talks with GM’s victim compensation expert Ken Feinberg regarding appropriate victim compensation for the thousands affected by a fatal design flaw in ignition switches which left numerous dead and countless others seriously injured.
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