Latest Batch of GM Recalls Nudges Total to 16.4 Million

Latest Batch of GM Recalls Nudges Total to 16.4 Million

The recalls are still coming from General Motors, with the latest affecting 581,367 vehicles driving the total number of recalled GM products in 2014 to 16.4 million in North America. 

Another ignition problem is cause for the majority of this recall, affecting 464,712 Camaros from the 2010 to 2014 model year in the United States. General Motors says that the “driver’s knee can bump the key fob and cause the key to inadvertently move out of the “run” position, with a corresponding reduction or loss of power.”

This is not the same issue that affected the Chevy Cobalt and other small cars, which had to do with the torque levels of the ignition switch itself. GM says drivers who sit very close to the steering wheel are most likely to experience this issue.

GM is aware of three crashes that resulted in four minor injuries, all of which are believed to be a result of the driver’s knee hitting the key.

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GM will issue all of these Camaro drivers new keys with a standard design, rather than the current key which is concealed in the fob and must be opened using a button. The new key will be separate from the fob all together.

Quality issues are also plaguing the 2012 Chevy Sonic. GM is calling back 21,567 Sonics equipped with a 1.8-liter gas engine and automatic transmission because the transmission turbine shaft may fracture. If this happened in a lower gear the car would not be able to upshift, while if it occurred at high speeds the Sonic would coast until it was moving slow enough to downshift into first or second gear.

Dealers will replace the transmission turbine shaft to fix the problem. GM says that is knows of no injuries or collisions as a result of this condition.

Finally, 14,765 model year 2014 Buick LaCrosse sedans are being recalled because a wiring splice in the driver’s door may corrode and break. If this happens, it will interfere with the operation of the door chime and allow passenger windows, rear windows and the sunroof to operate with no driver or key present.

Dealers will inspect the wiring, and replace it if necessary.

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