GM Recalls 3.16 Million Vehicles With Ignition Key Defects

Posted on behalf of Arnold Law Firm on Jun 17, 2014 in Recalls

In the latest of a seemingly endless round of recalls, General Motors (GM) announced on Monday, June 16, 2014 that they would be recalling an additional 3.16 million vehicles. This recall comes on top of two recalls announced in May 2014.

The recalls this time around address defects identified in the ignition key. GM's internal safety reviews have identified that the ignition key may not fit very well into the appropriate slot of the ignition switch. This improper fitting may cause keys to shift and jolt the ignition switch out of the on position. GM has identified that this scenario is most likely to occur when ignition keys are weighed down by other keys and a key ring and when the vehicle hits pot holes, rail road tracks or other turbulence.

An additional jolt to the vehicle from poorly maintained roads and or pot holes with a weighted down ignition key has resulted in the engine losing power once the ignition switch is moved away from the on position. The ignition switch switching away from the on position is a problem attributed to the fact that in many cases the ignition key is loose in the slot. General Motors intends to either fix ignition keys where possible. In those cases where the keys are too old, the company has said that they will replace the ignition keys free of charge.

The auto company expects that the ignition key fixes will begin in GM dealerships nationwide within the next few weeks. In the meantime, GM is urging owners of recalled vehicles to take precautionary measures. The company is encouraging drivers to remove additional key rings from the ignition key and drive the vehicle with a solitary ignition key. The recalled vehicles come from a range of model years and models.

To see the full list of recalled vehicles, consult the GM press release

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