Beleaguered General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) issued yet another auto recall today, this time involving the ignition switch of more than 500,000 Chevrolet Camaros. This is the record 38th safety-related recall for GM over the last 12 months.
The automaker announced the recall on Friday morning, saying it will recall 511,528 2010-2014 Chevrolet Camaros, nearly all in North America, to repair or replace a faulty ignition switch.
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General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) said the knee of a driver can bump the key fob in a certain position that will move the ignition switch out of “run” and cause the engine to shut off.
A spokesman for the auto maker said the company became aware of the ignition switch issue in the Camaro after it began retesting many of its models following the earlier highly publicized small-car ignition switch recall.
Gerneral Motors Company (GM)’s earlier ignition switch recall
The iconic auto maker also recalled 2.6 million small cars worldwide back in 2013 because of a similar ignition switch failure problem. That defect was covered up and not reported to consumers for almost a decade, and has been shown to be factor in at least 13 deaths.
Different ignition switch problem
“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,” GM said in an initial statement.
“It’s not at all related to the Cobalt,” GM safety spokesman Alan Adler said in an interview. “The condition here is a switchblade key” in which a key pops out of the key fob when a small button is depressed.”
GM admitted it is aware of at least three crashes causing four minor injuries related to the issue in Camaro.
The air bags did not, however, deploy in any of the three crashes. General Motors Company (NYSE:GM)’s spokesman said he did not know when the crashes occurred or the details of them.