Today GM announced the recall of Camaro models from the last four years. Drivers may bump the ignition switch with their knee, knocking the key to the “off” position and causing the vehicle to lose power. The key is contained in a fob, which hides the key. Drivers release the key by pressing a button, which may be inadvertently bumped while driving.
Continuing Problems for GM
While this sounds similar to other recall woes that GM has faced this year, GM safety spokesman Alan Adler said that it is unrelated to issues with older Chevrolet Cobalt cars. Unlike the defects in those cars, the Camaro switches met GM’s specifications.
The defect has been blamed for three crashes so far, resulting only in minor injuries. Adler did not know the details of the crashes but said that airbags had not deployed in any of them. The U.S. National Highway Safety Administration, the government body which oversees recalls, has logged several complaints from consumers about incidents involving ignition shut-offs in the Camaro.
New Recall Process at GM
GM’s actions come in the wake of an internal probe which revealed a lack of initiative and incompetence when recalling small cars such as the Cobalt. Those problems resulted in a power shut-off that would also disable the airbags. This led to a congressional inquiry into GM surrounding the 2.6 million car recall. Current CEO Mary Barra was not implicated in the investigation but did fire 15 people over the incident. It also led to the creation of the new post of vice-president of Global Safety at GM. The amount of recalls this year now surpasses 10 million.
Smaller Recalls also Announced
GM also announced smaller recalls of the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic and the 2014 Buick LaCrosse due to other problems. The new recalls happen shortly after GM announced changes to its recall process in order to address the issues brought up by the internal probe. Jeff Boyer, vice-president for GM global safety, said the recalls represent “the new norm” for product safety at the car making giant.
Owners of the recalled cars are encouraged to bring them in to dealers. The Dealers will replace the current Camaro ignition with a different design free of charge. The new design will make the ignition and the fob independent of each other so that inadvertent touching will not result in shut-offs of the vehicle.
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