Ignition Switch Recall Involving 1.6 Million Cars

One cause of car accidents is that of defective car design. While unintended acceleration has perhaps been the most notable alleged example of defective car design, there are many other car engineering defects that have existed over the years. Many lawsuits have stemmed from the injuries suffered in car accidents caused by these defective car parts.

Recently, GM has ordered a recall of 1.6 million cars over an ignition switch defect. This defect has been linked to various car accidents, including those that have resulted in 13 deaths.

Two excerpts regarding this ignition switch recall, from the February 27, 2014 Bloomberg article titled “GM Investigated Over Ignition Recall Linked to 13 Deaths” :

In the GM recall, the company said key rings that are too heavy or jarring can cause ignition switches to slip out of the run position, causing the engines to shut off and a crash-sensing algorithm to misfire in a way that deactivates air bags.


GM first identified a potential safety issue involving a loss of engine power from a key moving out of position in 2004, according to a timeline the company supplied to NHTSA on Feb. 25. The chronology outlines events that happened between receiving the first field reports and issuing a recall.

Among the vehicles included in GM’s recall are the 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, 2007 Pontiac G5, 2003-2007 Saturn Ion, 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR, 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice and 2007 Saturn Sky. Additionally, included are a model sold in Canada – the 2005-06 Pontiac Pursuit – as well as in Europe, involving 2,300 Opel 2007 GTs.

Additional information and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Bloomberg article mentioned above, as well as the February 27, 2014 Wall Street Journal article titled “General Motors Begins Massive Auto Recall.”

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