GM safety crisis: 3 million more cars recalled over faulty ignitions

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General Motors on Monday (June 16) recalled three million more cars over ignition switch issues.
According to Reuters, GM has issued 44 recalls this year totaling about 20 million vehicles worldwide. Of the recalls this year, nearly 6.5 million vehicles were recalled because of ignition switch-related issues.
The latest recall includes Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Impala, Cadillac DeVille and several other models, though only the Impala is currently in production. The cars cover model years 2000 through 2014.
The cars were recalled because of their ignition switches that can be jarred out of the “run” position, potentially affecting power steering, power brakes and airbags.
The switch issue was first discovered more than a decade ago. GM’s slow response to the issues triggered investigations within the company and by US Congress and federal agencies.

Since 2004, at least 13 people have been killed in accidents linked to the faulty components. Aware of potential problems with the system, GM, between 2006 and 2007, substituted the short detent plunger and spring with ones 1.6 mm longer to make the key harder to move accidentally.

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