GM recalls 3.4 million more vehicles for key problem. Is yours on the list? (+video)(Read article summary)
General Motors' ignition switch problems have expanded to the company's larger vehicles. GM will recall an additional 3.36 million vehicles worldwide to replace or repair keys that could fall out of place.
General Motors’ ignition switch issues this spring mostly involved the automaker’s smaller vehicles, but its latest recall announcement involves some of its larger models.
GM announced Monday afternoon that it will recall 3.16 million vehicles in the US and 3.36 million vehicles in North America to repair or replace ignition keys, “because the ignition switch may inadvertently move out of the ‘run’ position if the key is carrying extra weight and experiences some jarring event,” according to a company statement. The vehicles involved were manufactured between 2000 and 2014.
The recalled models include: Buick Lacrosse sedans manufactured between 2005 and 2009, Chevrolet Impala sedans with model years between 2006 and 2014, Cadillac Deville sedans from 2000 to 2005, Cadillac DTS sedans from 2007 to 2011, Buick Lucerne sedans from 2006 to 2011, Buick Regal LS and GS cars from 2005, and Chevy Monte Carlos from 2006 to 2008.
“Only one of the models included in the U.S. recall of 3,160,725 cars is still in production – the previous generation Chevrolet Impala, which is sold to daily rental fleets as the Impala Limited,” the GM statement reads. “The total North America population – U.S., Canada, Mexico and exports – is 3,360,555.”
The problem is similar to the defect at the heart of the GM recall debacle earlier this spring, in which an ignition defect was linked to at least 13 deaths in North America. That issue resulted in 2.6 million recalled cars, mainly compact models including the Chevy Cobalt.
This latest round of recalls involves larger cars, mostly full-size and luxury sedans. GM said it is aware of eight accidents and six injuries related to the most recent problem. The company had allotted $400 million to fix the earlier ignition issue; it will now pay at least $700 million.
Additionally, GM announced that it would recall 165,770 cars for five separate issues, including power steering problems, gasket leaks, and slippery floormats. For a full list of affected vehicles, visit GM’s recall announcement, here.