Recall Alert: 6.8 Million Additional GM Vehicles for Ignition Key Fix

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 6.8 million model-year 1997-2014 vehicles, including 1997-05 Chevrolet Malibu and 2000-05 Impala and Monte Carlo sedans; 1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue and 1999-2004 Alero sedans; 1999-2005 Pontiac Grand Am and 2004-08 Grand Prix cars

The Problem: This is another expansion of one of three ignition recalls; this one related to a faulty key ring hole. Jarring effects from the road or a key ring carrying too much weight could cause the ignition switch to move out of the Run position, turning off the engine and most of the electrical components. In a crash, this could result in the airbags not deploying.

GM said it is aware of seven crashes with eight injuries and three fatalities. "The fatal crashes occurred in older model full-size sedans being recalled for inadvertent ignition key rotation. There is no conclusive evidence that the defect condition caused those crashes," the automaker said in a statement.

The Fix: GM said it will rework the key, adding an insert to it so that large items cannot be attached to the key.

What Owners Should Do: GM has not released an owner notification schedule but has said that until the repairs have been made, customers must remove all items from their key ring. Customers with questions can call Chevrolet at 800-630-2438, Oldsmobile at 800-630-6537 and Pontiac at 800-762-2737.

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Comments 

Anonymous Coward

Changing the shape of the slot in the ignition key is not a real "fix." People will have aftermarket keys made which still have the larger slot, or will fail to turn in all of their keys as part of the recall. GM should replace the ignition cylinders in these cars with cylinders which have higher torque specifications.

Neverdriveorrentagmproduct

When your car turns off completely on the highway at least if it's a GM trailblazer you don't have to worry about a "melting incident" (latest recall".

Steve

Since our Impala is now on the recall list, I'll have to walk over to a Honda dealership while the recall work is being done and check them out. This recall could be a good thing.

Should be a lot of weight to turn the key to off (on a street bump probably). Ingition slots definitely should be in vertical position when on "ignition on"...

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