New GM Ignition Switch Recall Linked to 8 Accidents, 6 Injuries So Far
June 16, 2014
General Motors (GM) has issued another massive recall due to faulty ignition switches that can seriously interfere with the safe functioning of vehicles, potentially causing drivers to lose control over their vehicles and get into motor vehicle accidents. Announced June 16, this latest GM recall will reportedly affect 3.36 million vehicles worldwide and has already been linked to eight motor vehicle accidents and six injuries.
According to the recall notice, the faulty ignition switch can be pushed out of its proper position when the vehicle’s key is jostled and/or when the vehicle is driven over a pothole or some other unfavorable roadway condition. Once moved out of place, the ignition switch will turn off the power steering and the power braking of a vehicle while it’s being driven.
The news of this recent GM recall seems to be compounding the PR nightmare plaguing GM, as the company now faces some serious issues with its credibility when it comes to the safety of its vehicles. In fact, this latest GM recall is the 44th vehicle recall that the company has issued this year alone. To date, more than 20 million vehicles have been the subjects of GM recalls, and the vast majority of these vehicles are owned by Americans.
As Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee (which is investigating GM’s handling of another ignition switch defect), has explained, “this latest recall raises even more questions about just how pervasive safety problems are at GM.”
Vehicles Affected by the GM Ignition Switch Recall
The specific vehicles affected by this recall include the following cars with model years of 2000 through 2004:
- Chevrolet Impala
- Cadillac Deville and DTS
- Buick Lacrosse
- Buick Lucerne
- Buick Regal.
For these vehicles, the faulty ignition switches reportedly don’t have to be fully replaced. Instead, the fix for this problem will reportedly include adding an insert to the key in order to facilitate the proper closure of the key slot and prevent the ignition switch from being able to shift when it has been jostled.
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