GM Recalls an Additional 3.4 Million Vehicles for Ignition Defect
General Motors (GM) has announced a recall of another 3.4 million vehicles due to an ignition switch defect. Vehicles affected by this recall include model year 2005-2009 Buick Lacrosse, 2006-2014 Chevrolet Impala, 2000-2005 Cadillac Deville, 2007-2011 Cadillac DTS, 2006-2011 Buick Lucerne, 2005 Buick Regal LS & GS, and 2006-2008 Chevrolet Monte Carlo vehicles.
The ignition switch on the affected vehicles may inadvertently move out of the 'run' position if the key is carrying extra weight and experiences some kind of jarring event, such as striking a pothole or crossing railroad tracks. This could result in the sudden loss of power steering and power braking. Additionally, in the event of a crash, the vehicle's airbags may not deploy.
According to GM, this latest recall, which is presently linked to eight crashes and six injuries, is based on an internal review of ignition switch issues following the recall in February of 2.6 million Chevrolet, Saturn and Pontiac vehicles.
GM says that use of a key with a hole, rather than a slotted key, will address the concern of unintended key rotation due to a jarring road event. GM will add an insert to the ignition keys of the recalled vehicles to close the slot and leave a 4x6-millimeter hole through which the key ring could be attached. In vehicles where the key cover has been worn, new keys with holes instead of slots will be provided free of charge.
Owners of the recalled vehicles will be notified by GM. Until the necessary repairs have been completed, owners are urged to remove additional weight from their key chains and drive with only the ignition key.
For further information on this recall, contact General Motors Customer Service toll-free at (800) 222-1020 (for Chevrolet), 800-521-7300 (for Buick), or 800-458-8006 (for Cadillac).