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Saturn Ion Added to GM Recall

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Jarod Cassidy4 years ago

General Motors Co. (GM) has announced that the Saturn Ion (year models 2003-2007) have been added to their most recent recall.

About the General Motors Recall

According to Bloomberg, GM announced Tuesday announced Tuesday that it is adding an additional 1,000,878 vehicles to its recall of 778,000 Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5 cars.

According to the company, an issue with the ignition switch can cause the switch to move out of the “run” position while the car is in motion. The defect can be triggered by driving on a bumpy road or even having a heavy key chain.

When this occurs, the car can lose power resulting in the loss of power brakes, power steering and airbag operation.

While GM initially claimed that six fatalities had been linked to the defect, more recent reports place the number of deaths caused by the faulty ignition switchs at 13.

GM Under Fire for Delayed Action

In a lawsuit filed against General Motors, a plaintiff alleges that the company knew about the potentially fatal defect as early as 2004.

According to USA Today, a GM engineer experienced the problem while test driving a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt.

GM did not inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the problem until 2007 when they issued a “technical service bulletin” explaining the issue to dealers. Such bulletins are issued when a problem is not designated a safety issue.

In a deposition, a program engineering manager testified that the company’s proposed remedy, a snap-on key cover, was more akin to an “improvement” than a “fix.”

GM finally issued a recall on February 13, 2014 following reports that the defect had led to more than 30 frontal collisions


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