New GM Ignition Switch ProblemsDecember 17, 2014
A sticky situation has led to more news about the troublesome GM ignition switch problem. The automaker announced this week that the GM ignition switch that has been tied to at least 42 deaths can also cause ignition keys to get stuck in the ignition cylinder. The company stated that the announcement does not constitute a safety recall, since the issue does not pose a direct safety hazard to drivers or passengers.
Keys Get Stuck In GM Ignition Switch
More than 30 drivers have reported that they were having trouble removing their keys from the GM ignition switch. The company issued a bulletin to its dealers and service technicians, calling the problem a “special coverage adjustment.” Vehicles that exhibit the GM ignition switch problem do not allow drivers to move the key from the “ACC” to the “LOCK” position. While the problem does not pose a safety hazard, the bulletin stated that, “a key left in the accessory position for an extended period of time may result in severe battery drain and a possible no start condition.”
GM Ignition Switch Latest Issue for Troubled Automaker
The latest GM ignition switch issue affects many of the same vehicles that the company has targeted in its massive safety recall, including:
- 2005-10 Chevy Cobalt
- 2006-11 Chevy HHR
- 2006-10 Pontiac Solstice
- 2007-10 Pontiac G5
- 2005-06 Pontiac G4/Pursuit
- 2007-10 Saturn Sky
- 2003-07 Saturn Ion
GM has already announced 79 recalls since January, bu the biggest has been the 2.6 million vehicles affected by the defective ignition switch. The switch would reset the ignition system from the “ON” to the “ACC” position. A bump to the GM ignition switch assembly would cause the vehicle to lose power to its steering, braking and airbag deployment systems.
Repairs Underway For GM Ignition Switch Problem
The company estimates that 1.4 million out of 2.2 million U.S. vehicles from the initial GM ignition switch recall have been repaired. The bulletin estimates that 3 to 4 percent of the vehicles targeted in the GM ignition switch recall will also have the key-sticking problem. The bulletin stated that customers with the defective switch were entitled to free repairs and the use of courtesy transportation during the three-hour repair process. Since the problem only occurs in vehicles with automatic transmissions, GM is also asking dealers to replaced the automatic transmission shifter.
Source: Automotive News
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