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article imageGM recalls more cars over same ignition flaw

By Joe Duarte     Jun 16, 2014 in Technology
Detroit - The faulty ignition switch that has forced General Motors to recall millions of small cars and perhaps lead to 13 deaths is now expanding to midsized and large cars, with the announcement that the company is recalling another 3.4 million cars.
The recall centers on an ignition flaw that could result in the key’s slipping out of the “run” position, shutting down vehicle electronics necessary for vehicle operation. The problem is exacerbated if the key ring is laden with extras that add weight and the cars encounter a jostle, such as driving over potholes or train tracks. If that perfect storm is created, the vehicle will shut down, resulting in increased steering and braking effort requirements of the driver. As well, the airbag deployment system would shut down, as would most other electrical functions.
The initial recall covered nearly the entire GM compact car spectrum, with names such as Chevrolet Cobalt and HHR, Pontiac Pursuit/G5 and Solstice, and Saturn Ion and Sky. It covered about 2.6 million cars. GM says that recall made the company review ignition issues and resulted in the recall of the additional vehicles.
In addition to nearly doubling in scope, the recall has now been expanded to cover Buick Lacrosse (from model years 2005-2009), Lucerne (2006-2011) and Regal (2004-2005), Cadillac Deville (2000-2005) and DTS (2004-2011), and Chevrolet Impala (2006-2011) and Monte Carlo (2006-2008).
Of the 3,360,555 cars affected in this latest action, 3,160,725 were sold in the United States.
Again, GM is advising owners to remove key rings and their resultant excess weight that could affect the ignition key until such time as they can attend their local dealerships to get the ignition key fixed. That fix involves closing the slot through which a key ring attaches to the key and replacing it with a solitary hole through which a ring can be threaded (which presumably lessens the susceptibility of the ignition key to turn).
The task of reworking the keys is expected to start at GM dealerships by the end of June 2014 or early July.
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