General Motors Starts 2015 with an Ignition Switch Recall Affecting 83,500 Vehicles
Ignition problems from 2014 seem to be following General Motors into 2015.
The company announced Thursday a recall involving more than 83,500 sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks for an ignition switch defect that could cause the key to get stuck in the 'start' position and move to the 'accessory' position, effectively turning off the car.
In the affected vehicles, the ignition lock actuator has an outer diameter that exceeds specifications. If the key gets stuck in the 'start' position, a significantly jarring event could cause it to move to the 'accessory' position, which would turn off the car's engine, power steering, power braking and airbags.
The recall includes models from 2011 and 2012 and model year 2007 - 2014 vehicles that have been repaired with defective parts. The vehicle makes and models include, Chevrolet Silverado light-duty and heavy-duty pickups, Avalanche, Tahoe and Suburban; GMC Sierra light duty and heavy-duty pickups, and Yukon and Yukon XL; Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV and Escalade EXT.
GM's ignition troubles began in 2014 when it recalled a record 2.5 million vehicles after accidents that caused more than 40 deaths. The company's compensation program has received more than 2,200 claims for injuries and deaths related to the problem. Claims can be filed until Jan. 31.
Last June, GM agreed to pay a $35 million civil penalty for failing to notify federal regulators of the defect when it was first discovered.