General Motors is recalling another bevy of vehicles, totaling 3.2 million, because the key can inadvertently slip out of the ‘run’ position.
Like the first batch of vehicles that were recalled for ignition switch troubles, these are being called back because the key can turn from the ‘run’ position, causing the car to shut off. Specifically, GM says that if the key has extra weight on it from other keys being hung from it and experiences a jarring event, such as a large pothole, the key can switch out of the ‘run’ position.
There are six nameplates affected in total by this recall. They are the 2005-2009 Buick Lacrosse, 2000-2005 Cadillac Deville, 2004-2011 Cadillac DTS, 2006-2011 Buick Lucerne, 2006-2008 Chevy Monte Carlo, and the 2006 to 2014 Chevy Impala.
GM says that it will rework or replace the ignition in each of these cars to make sure that the defect is repaired. Until the cars have been recalled, GM is asking owners to remove all extra weight from their keys.
The company expects this batch of recalls to cost $700 million, while all of the 2014 recalls announced so far will cost GM around $2 billion.
General Motors has now recalled over 20 million vehicles in 2014 alone. This string of call backs started at the end of January 2014, when GM recalled a large batch of vehicles for faulty ignition switches. Since then, it was discovered that at least 13 deaths were caused by that issue, forcing GM to dig deeper into its safety practices.
The company has since let go of 15 employees, at least 8 of which were senior management. It has also introduced a new head of global vehicle safety, and implemented new practices that will see safety information reach senior management sooner.
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