GM Recalls 7.3M Vehicles for Ignition Switch Problems

By | July 01, 2014
General Motors announced it has uncovered more vehicles that may suffer from faulty ignition switches. This information comes as GM has conducted extensive safety reviews of old models to look at more possible problems. Two new ignition switch recalls affect around 7.3 million vehicles in the U.S. Models affected under the first recall include the 1997-2005 Chevrolet Malibu, 1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrique, 1999-2004 Oldsmobile Alero, 1999-2005 Pontiac Grand Am, 2000-2005 Chevrolet Impala/Monte Carlo, and the 2004-2008 Pontiac Grand Prix. Also under recall for faulty ignition switches are the 2003-2014 Cadillac CTS as well as the 2004-2006 Cadillac SRX.
The ignition keys in these models may unintentionally rotate out of position. Owners of these vehicles should remove all items from the key ring, leaving only the key itself in the ignition. GM says it knows of seven crashes, eight injuries, and three fatalities related to the vehicles in the first recall, but that there is no evidence specifically linking the defect to the crashes. “We undertook what I believe is the most comprehensive safety review in the history of our company because nothing is more important than the safety of our customers,” said GM CEO Mary Barra in a statement Monday. “Our customers deserve more than we delivered in these vehicles. That has hardened my resolve to set a new industry standard for vehicle safety, quality and excellence.” Other models in the latest batch of recalls include the 2011-2014 Chevrolet Cruze, 2012-2014 Chevrolet Sonic, 2013-14 Chevrolet Trax/Buick Encore/Verano, 2014 Chevrolet Camaro and Impala/Buick Regal/Cadillac XTS, 2007-2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD/GMC Sierra HD, 2005-2007 Buick Rainier/Chevrolet Trailblazer/GMC Envoy/Isuzu Ascender/Saab 9-7x, 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL. Source: General Motors