General Motors ignition switch recall spans 1,367,146 cars
General Motors expands its recall of specified 2003-2007 model year vehicles to fix the ignition switch, which may let the key move or switch to accessory or off position, thereby turning off the engine and most electrical components.
Apart from 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalts, Pontiac G5 and Pontiac Pursuit sold in Canada only, GM is also recalling 2003-2007 Saturn Ions, 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHRs, and 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky models. GM will notify all affected customers for repairs at no charge to them.
The current recall and including vehicles recalled Feb. 13, the total number stands at 1,367,146. Today’s expanded vehicle population raises the number of reported incidents involving frontal crashes, that may have been caused or contributed to the non-deployment of frontal airbags related to the Ignition Switch. This number now stands at 31 involving 13 front-seat fatalities.
“Ensuring our customers’ safety is our first order of business,” said GM North America President Alan Batey. “We are deeply sorry and we are working to address this issue as quickly as we can.”
“The chronology shows that the process employed to examine this phenomenon was not as robust as it should have been,” said Batey. “Today’s GM is committed to doing business differently and better. We will take an unflinching look at what happened and apply lessons learned here to improve going forward.”
GM is recalling these vehicles because the ignition switch torque performance may not meet GM specifications. If the torque performance is not to specification, and the key ring is carrying added weight or the vehicle goes off road or experiences some other jarring event, the ignition switch may inadvertently be moved out of the “run” position.
The timing of the key movement out of the “run” position, relative to the activation of the sensing algorithm of the crash event, may result in the airbags not deploying, increasing the potential for occupant injury in certain kinds of crashes.
Dealers will replace the ignition switch to prevent the unintentional or inadvertent key movement. Until this correction is performed, customers should use only the ignition key with nothing else on the key ring. As always, customers should drive responsibly and use their safety belts.
On Monday, the company submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration a detailed chronology associated with its initial recall of the ignition switch torque performance condition in Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s and Pursuits. The chronology outlines events that happened during the time that elapsed between receiving the first field reports and issuing a recall.