Ford Fusion Recalled for Defective Ignition Switch, GM Extends Deadline for Ignition Claims

Ford Fusion Recalled for Defective Ignition Switch, GM Extends Deadline for Ignition Claims
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November 18, 2014

Ford announced Tuesday that it is recalling about 65,000 2014-2015 Fusion sedans in the US, Canada and Mexico for a defective ignition switch.

In the affected cars, the key can be removed from the ignition even if the transmission isn't in park.

A computer problem allows the key to be removed 30 minutes after the ignition switch is turned off if the cars are left in gear. This increases the risk of the car rolling away unexpectedly when it should be in park.

Ford said it is not aware of any injuries associated with the problem and will reprogram the software free of charge.

GM Extends Ignition Injury Claim Deadline

About a week after the New York Times reported that at least one family was not notified of the claims process, General Motors extended the deadline from Dec. 31 to Jan. 31.

The victim compensation program awards victims and their families whose deaths or injuries were caused by faulty ignition switches that allowed the keys to turn off the car, rendering most of its power components, including airbags, useless. Victims could receive a minimum of $1 million in compensation. In total 32 people have died and 35 others were injured because of the faulty switch and are eligible for compensation.

Last week the Times reported that the family of Jean Averill was neither notified of the program or that the cause of Averill's death was the defective switch. Averill's 2003 death is the earliest linked to the defect, and while included in the General Motors internal report of the failure, her name was redacted from the public copy. GM's legal department identified 12 other victims whose death is linked to the ignition switch.

Since February GM recalled 2.6 million cars related to the faulty switch.