General Motors (GM) said on April 9 that the company must fix another defect involving the ignition of the small cars it has already recalled for faulty switches.
GM issued a new recall for the 2003 to 2011 cars, this time to replace another part of the ignition mechanism—the “lock cylinder” into which the key is inserted—because the current ones could allow the key to be pulled out while the car is running.
GM says that the lock cylinder problem could lead to “a possible roll-away, crash and occupant or pedestrian injuries.”
As a result, GM now says it will take $1.3 billion to perform the recall. GM has expanded the recall twice before adding the new work on April 9.
The previous recall was for faulty ignition switches that can inadvertently slip out of “run”, shutting off the engine and disabling airbags. This defect is linked to 31 crashes and 12 deaths in the US and one fatal crash in Canada.
GM dealers are just now getting the new ignition switches for the previous recall fix. Now dealers must also “replace the ignition lock cylinders” and “if necessary, reprogram new keys.”
Vehicles involved in both the switch and lock cylinder recalls include:
- 2003-2007 Saturn Ion
- 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
- 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice
- 2007-2010 Pontiac G5
- 2007-2010 Saturn Sky
- 2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR
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