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GM recalls another 3.4 million vehicles for ignition switch

Caroline MunleyThe latest recall from GM came yesterday for more faulty ignition switches that can move out of the run position, turning off power steering and power brakes while the car is being driven.

The recalled cars include:

  • Buick Lacross 2005-2009
  • Chevrolet Impala 2006-2014
  • Cadillac Deville 2000-2005
  • Cadillac DTS 2004-2011
  • Buick Lucerne 2006-2011
  • Buick Regal LS and GS 2004-2005
  • Chevrolet Monte Carlo 2006-2008

Monday’s recall came after more review of ignition switch issues in the wake of 2.6 million recalled Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars for similar problems. GM said this recall pertains to a different ignition switch than those previously recalled. This latest recall raises even more questions about just how extensive the safety problems are at GM.

GM said in a statement yesterday that the switches could rotate out of “run” if the key has excess weight and the car experiences some jarring event such as hitting a pothole or crossing a railroad track. That can shut off the engines and disable power steering, causing drivers to lose control. It can also disable airbags.

GM engineers first noted the Chevy Cobalt problem more than a decade ago, and GM’s slow response to the switch issue triggered investigations within the company and by Congress and federal agencies.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Monday that it would monitor the pace and effectiveness of the latest GM recall and take necessary action if warranted.

The automaker also announced five smaller recalls on Monday for various problems. Vehicles affected included 2013-2013 Cadillac ATS and 2014 Cadillac CTS sedans for gearshift cable problems, 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and 2015 GMC Sierra for power steering hose clamp issues, 2011 Cadillac CTS sedans for a gasket leak, 2014 Chevrolet Corvettes with competition sport seats due to a seat-mounted side airbag problem and 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups with vinyl floors and all-weather floor mats, due to an attachment issue with the mats.

If you have been injured in a car accident that was the result of a problem with a Chevy Cobalt or another GM vehicle, contact the Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys at 855-866-5529

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