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Pontiac Solstice Added to GM Recall – 7 More Deaths Reported

Destiny Baker3 years ago

General Motors is adding more cars to its ignition switch recall as more deaths are linked to the defect. Among the latest recall announcement is the Pontiac Solstice.

GM Expands Ignition Switch Recall

USA Today reports that GM is adding all 2006 and 2007 Pontiac Solstices to a recall originally announced on February 13.

Since the original recall, which was limited to 778,562 Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s, five additional models have been added to the recall list, bringing the total number of affected vehicles to 1.37 million in the U.S. alone.

According to GM, jarring events as simple as a bumpy road or a heavy key ring can cause the ignition switch of the recalled vehicles to move from the “run” position to the “accessory “ position, resulting in the engine cutting off even when in motion.

The loss of power can also result in the loss of power steering and power brakes and may prevent air bags from deploying in the event of an impact.

GM Alleged to Have Delayed the Recall

Multiple sources are now alleging that the Detroit-based auto giant attempted to delay or prevent the recall, possibly knowing that the defect could result in a serious collision.

According to a lawsuit filed against the company, a GM engineer first experienced problems with a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt in 2004. By 2005, engineers had positively identified the link between the ignition switches and loss of power to the engine.

Despite this knowledge, the lawsuit alleges that the company did not take any action until 2007 when it began to issue “Technical Service Bulletins” to dealerships – an action normally taken when an issue is not considered a serious safety concern.

It was not until ten years later that GM finally began recalling the cars after discovering that six deaths had been linked to the defect. That number is now thought to be at least 13.


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