General Motors (GM) is recalling another 3.36 million vehicles as part of its ignition switch recall.
Vehicles sold between 2000 to 2014 in the United States, Canada and Mexico are affected. The new recall brings the total number of affected Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC vehicles to nearly 20 million.
The issue involves a possiblity of the ignition switch moving out of the 'run' position if the key is carrying extra weight (such as a heavy keychain). According to GM, they are aware of eight crashes and six injuries related to the recall.
In an official statement, GM says that if the ignition switch moves out of the 'run' position, the power steering and the power braking of the vehicle will be affected. Morever, the timing of the key movement out of the 'run' position may prevent the air bags to deploy.
The vehicles being recalled are the following: (1) 2005-2009 Buick Lacrosse, (2) 2006-2014 Chevrolet Impala, (3) 2000-2005 Cadillac Deville, (4) 2004-2011 Cadillac DTS, (5) 2006-2011 Buick Lucerne, (6) 2004-2005 Buick Regal LS & GS and (7) 2006-2008 Chevy Monte Carlo.
The fix for the issue according to GM is "an insert to the ignition keys of the vehicles to close the slot and drill a 4x6 mm hole through which the key ring could be attached."
The automaker says that the replacing of keys is expected to start in the next few weeks at GM delearships. Until the rework or replacement is completed, GM advised owners of the affected vehicles to remove additional weight such as key chains and drive with only the ignition key.
In addition to the ignition key recall, GM also announced a separate U.S. recall that affects 165,770 vehicles. The five affected vehicles are as follows:
(1) 68,887 units of 2013-2014 Cadillac ATS and 21,863 2014 Cadillac CTS sedans are being recalled because the shift cable in the automatic transmisions may not be fully secured to the shifter bracket.
(2) 57,192 units of 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 HD and 2015 GMC Sierra 2500/3500 are being recalled to inspect proper attachment of power steering hose clamps. GM says the hose may disconnect from the pump, causing a rapid loss of power steering fluid.
(3) 16,932 units of 2011 Cadillac CTS sedans with AWD are amongst the recall because a gasket leak may cause the propeller shaft to separate or become loose that may cause the rollover sensor to deploy the roof rail air bags.
(4) 712 units of 2014 Chevrolet Corvettes with optional Competion Sports Seats because an unbelted child and door trim may block the passenger seat side air bag vent in a deployment.
(5) 184 units of 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups with vinyl floors and all-weather floor mats. It is being recalled because the mats can slip under the driver’s feet because the vinyl floors have no attachments to keep them in place.
GM expects to have a recall-related repairs cost up to $700 million (around Php31-B) in the second quarter.