General Motors has noted dangerous ignition constraints in their vehicles which include the Chevrolet Malibu from 1997 to 2005, Pontiac Grand Prix from 2004 to 2008 and Cadillac CTS from 2003 to 2014.These unintended ignition key rotations has resulted in 3 deaths, 8 injuries and 7 crashes and while there has been no proof that these incidents were caused due to faulty switches, the company is not leaving anything to chance and going ahead with the recalls.
These ignition switch constraints started in February this year. The company recalled 2.6 million small cars globally to rectify the switches that were reported to automatically slip from ‘run’ to ‘accessory’ leading to shutting off of engine. This in turn could hinder power steering and power brakes which could lead to loss of control of the vehicle. It also causes an adverse effect on airbags, preventing them from inflating in the event of a crash.
General Motors has admitted that the company was aware that these problems existed for the past decade but delayed in recalls. General Motors performance in the small car segment and the number of recalls it has resorted to has been noted by the Justice Department and Houses of Congress. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has also imposed a $35 million fine on the company for taking time in reporting ignition switch constraints.