Cars Affected by GM Ignition Recalls 2014
Written by Greg on July 2, 2014
Consumers should be aware that General Motors is currently recalling approximately 3.36 million coupes and full-sized sedans due to ignition problems. Affected models that are currently involved in the recall include the following:
- 2005-2009 Buick LaCrosse
- 2006-2010 Lucerne
- 2005 Regal LS / GS
- 2006 – 2014 Chevrolet Impala Limited
- 2006-2008 Monte Carlo
- 2000-2005 Cadilac Deville
- 2007-2011 DTS
These cars join other GM vehicles that have been recalled, totaling upwards of nearly twenty million cars that have been retracted in 2014 thus far. To look at additional vehicles that have been recalled, and see if your car is on the list, one can view CNN’s 2014 GM recall list. It should be noted that the majority of the recall list will only affect cars from model years 2000 until 2014 and as such, cars that are outside of this career scope should be searched for individually in order to see specific possible recalls.
The current problem with the 3.36 million cars that have been recalled recently is due to a faulty ignition switch. According to a spokesperson from GM, “In these vehicles, the ignition switch may be unable to handle extra weight hanging on a slotted key.” Originally, according to the research, the company was said to have fixed these problems as the repair includes plugging in the key slot cover, which currently has a small hole. This is the same repair that was said to be fixed in a 2005 technical service bulletin, specifically for the Chevrolet Cobalt. This previous recalled affected around 2.6 million vehicles to be brought back and could be blamed for at least 13 deaths, all relating to the same ignition switch problem. It should be noted, in this regard, that the company makes mention that this is an entirely different ignition switch problem and thus, according to GM, the two problems should not be correlated.
This fact aside, the company is highly suggesting that owners remove all accessories and additional keys from their primary key ring while driving. Essentially, one should leave only the car key, excluding the key fob. Not removing additional items from the car’s key ring could create extra weight which, when coupled with the weight already set, can cause the ignition switch to fall into the wrong place, causing an unintended shut off. In addition, spokespeople from GM are also suggesting that consumers ensure that the vehicle is set in the “park” position, or place the transmission in reverse gear should a manual transmission be utilized. This will minimize the potential for the car to pull out of park.
So far, the research notes that the company has had eight crashes and six injuries that have resulted from this strange anomaly. Should you have a car that is on the recall list, the company will allow patrons to come into available dealerships within the coming weeks. There, the company will add an insert to the key in order to close the open gap and allow only a small hole in order to place a key ring.