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New Defect in GM Ignition Switch Recall

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

General Motors (GM) has announced that it will be replacing defective ignition lock cylinders in addition to faulty ignition switches found in 2.2 million recalled Chevrolet, Saturn and Pontiac vehicles.

About the Lock Cylinder Recall

According to a release by GM, the defective cylinders can allow for the removal of the ignition key while the vehicle is still running. The automaker acknowledges that such an event can lead to rollaway, crashes and occupant or pedestrian injuries.

So far, GM has received several hundred complaints of keys coming out of ignitions in running vehicles, including a report in which a rollaway vehicle crashed in a parking lot and causing an injury.

GM has stated that they will replace the ignition lock cylinders and cut and/or reprogram new keys if needed. This is to be done in concurrently with ignition switch repairs for:

Details of the Ignition Switch Recall

All of the above vehicles have also been recalled in due to the inclusion of a defective ignition switch which can shift out of the “run” position and into the “accessory” or “off” positions resulting in reduction or complete loss of power.

Upon losing power, the vehicle may become harder to control due to the loss of power steering and power brakes, and airbags in the vehicle may fail to deploy in the event of a collision. The defect has been connected to 31 frontal collisions and 13 deaths.

GM’s poor handling of the ignition switch recall has resulted in several investigations, including probes by th eNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Congress and the U.S. Department of Justice.

These probes have found troubling evidence including a 2006 switch redesign in which the part’s model number was never changed – nor was the redesign ever reported to NHTSA – leading to members of Congress accusing GM of a cover-up.

In a Senate sub-committee hearing held last week, Senator Claire McCaskill presented documents which suggested one GM engineer had even lied under oath, claiming that he had no knowledge of a defect in affected vehicle models during a deposition. The documents presented showed that same engineer was the one who had signed off on the 2006 redesign.

Members of the Senate and the House have also pointed towards the possibility that some GM employees and executives could face criminal charges.


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