General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) is going to rework or replace the ignition keys on around 3.16 million 2000-2014 model year cars in the U.S. because the ignition switch may move out of the run position if the key has extra weight and experiences a jarring event like hitting a pothole.
The use of a key with a hole rather than a slotted key addresses the concern of unintended key rotation due to the jarring road event. This safety recall follows a review of ignition issues following the recall in February of 2.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars.
GM is aware of 6 injuries and 8 crashes related to the recall. If the ignition switch moves out of the run position, it has an effect on power steering and powering braking. The cars getting recalled are:
– Buick Lacrosse – MY 2005-2009
– Chevrolet Impala – MY 2006-2014
– Cadillac Deville – MY 2000?2005
– Cadillac DTS – MY 2004?2011
– Buick Lucerne – MY 2006?2011
– Buick Regal LS & GS – MY 2004?2005
– Chevy Monte Carlo – MY 2006?2008
Here is what GM wrote in a press release:
In addition to the ignition key recall, GM also announced U.S. recalls for 165,770 vehicles in these five actions:
– 68,887 model year 2013-14 Cadillac ATS and 21,863 model year 2014 Cadillac CTS sedans. In certain vehicles with automatic transmissions, the shift cable may not be fully secured to the shifter bracket or transmission bracket. If the shift cable comes out of the brackets, the driver may not be able to shift the transmission in or out of gear. GM is unaware of any crashes or injuries related to this condition.
– 57,192 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 HD and 2015 GMC Sierra 2500/3500 GMC Sierra HD to inspect for proper attachment of power steering hose clamps to the power steering pump. If the vehicle is driven with the clamp unattached, the hose may disconnect from the pump or gear, causing a rapid loss of power steering fluid. This will result in loss of power steering assist and Hydro Boost powered brakes without warning. The vehicle would revert to manual brakes and manual steering. GM knows of no crashes or injuries from the condition. Dealers are to inspect power steering hose clamps in two locations to ensure they are properly attached.
– 16,932 model year 2011 Cadillac CTS sedans with AWD. On some vehicles, a gasket leak where the constant velocity joint meets the rear propeller shaft may cause the rear propeller shaft to separate or become loose, making contact with the vehicle floor above and causing the rollover sensor to deploy the roof rail air bags. GM is aware of 15 unintended deployments, but injury data is unclear.
– 712 model year 2014 Chevrolet Corvettes with optional Competition Sport Seats, because an unbelted child and door trim may block the passenger seat side air bag vent in a deployment. Dealers will replace the current air bag with a redesigned version. GM is unaware of any crashes or injuries related to this condition, but advises customers to not allow small children in the front seat until the vehicle is serviced.
– 184 model year 2014-15 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups with vinyl floors and accessory all-weather floor mats purchased new with the vehicle. The mats can slip under the driver?s feet because the vinyl floors have no attachments to secure them in place. Customers are advised take the floor mats to their dealer for a full refund. GM is unaware of any crashes or injuries related to the mats.
GM will take a charge of up to around $700 million in the second quarter for the cost of recall-related repairs in the quarter. This amount includes a $400 million charge for recalls announced May 15th and May 20th.