GM Saturn Sky Recall
GM Recalls 2006-2010 Saturn Sky Vehicles
General Motors has announced nationwide recall for all 2006-2010 Saturn Sky vehicles, claiming that a defective ignition switch installed in the vehicles could lead to loss of engine and electrical power.
According to the automaker, the loss of power can result in the loss of multiple safety features, including anti-lock brakes and power steering, and airbags failing to deploy.
DETAILS OF THE SATURN SKY RECALL
- The recall affects all 2007-2010 Saturn Sky vehicles.
- GM warns that jarring events as slight as a bumpy road or a heavy key ring may cause the ignition switch to shift out of the “run” position and into the “off” or “accessory” position, even when the vehicle is in motion.
- The recall for the Saturn Sky was announced alongside recalls for five other GM models, affecting a total of 1.6 million vehicles. On March 28, that recall was extended to include another 971,000 vehicles.
- GM claims that 13 deaths and 54 collisions have already been attributed to the overall recall.
- The Center for Auto Safety, however, claims that at least 303 deaths can be linked to airbag failures in the recalled GM vehicles.
GM UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR RECALL DELAYS
- General Motors is facing multiple federal and congressional investigations following allegations that the company delayed the recall despite knowing of the defect and connected deaths.
- Among the organizations investigating the auto maker are the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the U.S. Department of Justice.
- Current reports suggest that GM first noted problems with the faulty ignition switch in 2001 during tests for what would become the 2003 Saturn Ion.
- It was not until February 13, 2014 that GM finally began recalling the affected vehicles. The recall for the Saturn Sky was put off until two weeks later.