Universally known car manufacturer General Motors has issued a recall of approximately 511,528 Chevrolet Camaros due to ignition switch issues. These issues effect Camaros from model years 2010 through 2014. This marks the second major car recall in just the last week, with Toyota recalling thousands of cars across Japan due to faulty airbags.
GM has reported that three crashes and four minor injuries have occurred due to ignition issues with Camaro vehicles. Fortunately, there have been no fatalities as a result of this flaw. Clearly, GM wants to avoid such a tragedy, prompting this recall.
The company went into details about this defect. GM stated that the knee of a driver can bump the key fob while the person is driving. This can result in the removal of the ignition lock cylinder from the initial run position, resulting in a “reduction or loss of power” within the engine of a Camaro vehicle. GM stated that drivers who sit closer to the front of the vehicle are more susceptible to triggering this malfunction.
Unfortunately for GM, this recall will tarnish the company’s reputation more so than the initial Cobalt recall. Ignition switch defects affecting Chevrolet Cobalts resulted in at least 13 deaths, with lead to the recall of millions of GM vehicles. As this is a similar issue, many have become wary of GM.
However, GM safety spokesperson Alan Adler stated that this recall is “not at all related to the Cobalt.” He continued to that that this was an “external bumping issue.”
GM publicly commented on the malfunction in question, stating “The Camaro ignition system meets all GM engineering specifications and is unrelated to the ignition system used in Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars included in the ignition switch recall.”
The Cobalt ignition switch malfunction was much more serious. A weak spring within the vehicle made it possible for the key to turn to “off” by itself, which disabled airbags. In a collision, this could result in the airbag failing to inflate, which would lead to serious injury or death.
So far this year, GM has been forced to conduct over 38 recalls this year, resulting in a total of 16.5 million vehicles. This recall in particular will bring the total number of vehicles recalled due to ignition switch problems to a staggering 3.1 million vehicles.