Automaker Announces Another GM Ignition Switch RecallJanuary 6, 2015
The new year started with yet another GM ignition switch recall involving more than 83,000 of the automaker’s most popular pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration released a new GM ignition switch recall notice which affects 83,572 vehicles from 2011 and 2012. The ignition switch issue could increase its reach to include thousands more vehicles released from 2007 to 2014. The new problem resembles, but is not related to, the issue that has forced the recall of more than 2.6 million vehicles from the early 2000s.
Stuck Switch Forces GM Ignition Switch Recall
The GM ignition switch recall notice stems from a defect in the ignition lock actuator. Laboratory tests showed that the actuator may get stuck in the “Start” position and then move back to the “Accessory” position. When the switch moves back to the “Accessory” position, the vehicle can lose power to its safety systems, including power steering, power brakes and airbag inflation. Owners of vehicles affected by the GM ignition switch recall will receive notices that will allow them to receive a replacement housing for the ignition lock system.
Escalade, Silverado Included in GM Ignition Switch Recall
The list of models included in the new GM ignition switch recall notice includes:
- Escalade ESV
- Escalade EXT
- Silverado HD
- Silverado LD
- Sierra LD
- Sierra HD
- Yukon XL
New Year, New GM Ignition Switch Recall
The issues surrounding the current GM ignition switch recall resemble those around the massive recall from early 2014. In that GM ignition switch recall, vehicles that suffered a jolt or had heavy key chains connected to the ignition switch were vulnerable to power loss while driving. At least 40 deaths and hundreds of injuries have been tied to the defective ignition switches, which were found in over 2.6 million cars manufactured from 1998 to 2014.
New GM Ignition Switch Recall Smaller, Easier
Owners affected by the new GM ignition switch recall may have an easier time than those who have been involved in the ongoing massive recall from last year. The new GM ignition switch recall affects newer vehicles, many of which are still in production, so replacement parts will be easier to find and the replacement process is expected to go smoothly. The limited size of the recall may also be an advantage, as the company will not need to place massive orders for replacement parts.
Source: Consumer Affairs
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