- The ongoing recall crisis at General Motors continued on Monday, when the Detroit automaker announced that it is recalling 3.36 million cars in North America to rework or replace the ignition keys.
- The ignition switch in the affected cars may inadvertently move out of the "run" position if the key is carrying extra weight and experiences some jarring event, possibly resulting in the failure of airbags to deploy, GM said.
- The recalled vehicles include the 2006-'14 Chevrolet Impala, 2005-'09 Buick LaCrosse and the 2000-'05 Cadillac Deville.
DETROIT — The ongoing recall crisis at General Motors continued on Monday, when the Detroit automaker announced that it is recalling 3.36 million cars in North America to rework or replace the ignition keys. GM now has launched 44 recall campaigns this year, with a North American total of more than 20 million vehicles.
The latest recall comes two days before GM CEO Mary Barra is scheduled to testify before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations as it continues to look into the facts and circumstances that contributed to General Motors' failure to identify a safety defect in certain ignition switches and initiate a recall in a timely manner.
In this latest recall, the ignition switch in the affected cars may inadvertently move out of the "run" position if the key is carrying extra weight and experiences some jarring event, GM said.
If the ignition switch moves out of the "run" position, it could affect power steering and power braking and may disable the airbags in the event of a crash. GM said it is aware of eight crashes and six injuries linked to the latest recall.
GM is urging consumers who own the recalled cars to remove additional weight from their keychains and drive with only the ignition key.
"The safety recall follows a review of ignition issues following the recall in February of 2.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars," the automaker said in a statement.
GM dealers will add an insert to the ignition keys of the recalled vehicles to close the slot and leave a 4x6-millimeter hold through which the key ring can be attached. In vehicles where the key cover has been worn, new keys with holes instead of slots will be provided for free.
The recall is expected to begin in the next few weeks.
In addition to the ignition key recall, GM also announced U.S. recalls for 165,770 vehicles in five separate actions.
The various recalls include the 2013-'14 Cadillac ATS, 2014 Cadillac CTS, 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 HD, 2015 GMC Sierra 2500/3500 HD, 2011 Cadillac CTS, 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray with optional competition sport seats and 2014-'15 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra.
Edmunds says: If you own one of the vehicles involved in this ignition key recall, please remove all additional weight from the keychain and drive with only the ignition key. Look for more details on the other new GM recalls here shortly.