About 47,000 General Motors Cars Recalled for Ignition Switch Problems

About 47,000 General Motors Cars Recalled for Ignition Switch Problems
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October 06, 2014

General Motor's ignition switch problems continue.

The company is recalling about 47,000 2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice and 2008-2009 Pontiac G8 vehicles because the driver may accidentally hit the ignition key with their knee, unintentionally knocking the key out of position and turning off the engine.

If the engine is not running, the airbags won't deploy if the vehicle is involved in a crash, increasing the risk of injury. This will also cause a loss of power steering and power breaking.

GM will notify owners of the recall, but has not yet provided a notification schedule. Dealers will cut a new key that will prevent the problem, but until then, the company is urging drivers to adjust their seat and steering column so that there is enough clearings between their knee and the ignition key.

Owners who would like more information can contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 and Pontiac customer service at 1-800-762-2737. GM's number for this recall is 14445.

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