GM’s Recall Woes Continue
Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Jun 17, 2014 in Auto Accidents
GMs recall initiatives continue into the month of June. On Monday, June 16, 2014, General Motors (GM) voluntarily recalled another 3.16 million vehicles. As of this latest recall, GM has recalled a total of 20 million vehicles in 2014.
The latest ignition switch defects have been identified in the ignition keys of millions of vehicles. The flaw causes heavily weighted ignition keys encumbered by other keys and key ring adornments to shift the ignition switch away from the run position. Thus far, General Motors has identified eight accidents and six injuries related to the defect.
When a driver with a defective ignition key hits a pot hole and the ignition switch is altered away from the on position, the engine can begin to lose power and acceleration. This issue has already caused several accidents and injuries, and it is likely the company is preemptively recalling and fixing ignition keys before lawsuits are filed. The company is still under scrutiny by the NHTSA.
The company is proposing to fix all ignition keys in affected vehicles or replace those that cannot be fixed. The company will be providing new ignition keys free of charge. General Motors has stated that they expect to begin fixing ignition keys in GM dealerships in the weeks to come.
Because the ignition key is impacted by unexpected road events such as pot holes and railroad tracks in addition to being heavily weighted, the company is urging drivers of affected vehicles to drive solely with the ignition key.
GM has recalled vehicles from their Buick, Chevrolet, Cadillac and Chevy lines. To view the complete list of recalled vehicles including model years, consult the GM press release. The company expects to begin repairing the ignition keys of affected vehicles within the next few weeks at GM dealerships across the nation.