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Reports of Ignition Switch Problems Build as GM Struggles with Recall

Destiny Baker3 years ago

Reports of problems associated with defective ignition switches found in several General Motor vehicles are building up as the motor vehicle giant faces criticism over its handling of the issue.

More Vehicles Linked to GM Ignition Switch Recall

According to USA Today, General Motors has received several reports from HHR owners that ignition switch issues have resulted in serious problems such as air bags failing to deploy and vehicle inadvertently shutting off.

One consumer recounted the fear she felt when her 2007 HHR unexpectedly stalled as she was crossing train tracks in Roanoke Reapids, North Carolina. According to the woman, she had taken her Chevrolet HHR to the dealership five times without the issue being resolved and was afraid to drive the vehicle.

Two other HHR owners filed complaints with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) after their air bags failed to deploy during front-impact collisions. In total, more than 31 frontal collisions and 13 deaths have been attributed to the defective GM ignition switches.

General Motors Investigated by the NHTSA

The NHTSA announced Friday that it is launching an official investigation of GM’s handling of the ignition switch issue, and that documents suggest work by the automaker’s own was delayed by a series of internal miscues.

It took ten years for General Motors to officially address the defective ignition switches with a recall which now covers more than 1.3 Chevrolet, Saturn and Pontiac vehicles.

According to the official recall release, a “jarring events” may cause ignition switches in the vehicles may shift out of the “run” position into the “accessory” position or “off” position resulting in the loss of power brakes, power steering and air bag functionality.

In the release “jarring events” are described as bumpy road or even a heavy key ring. It appears a GM engineer first experienced such an incident in 2004 when test driving a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt and that GM made a number of attempts to address the problem without issuing a recall.

All of these attempts were either determined to be ineffective or, in the case of a new ignition switch design, never completed.

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