Number of Recently-Recalled GMC Vehicles Doubles
U.S. automaker General Motors recently recalled an additional 842,000 vehicles for problems with the ignition that may lead to accidents on the road, according to a Fox News report. The recently-added vehicles bring the total recalled vehicles to 1.6 million.
The recalled vehicles include the Saturn Ion and Sky, the Chevrolet HHR, and the Pontiac Solstice. They have been included in a recall that GM announced just two weeks ago, which affected over 700,000 Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s. The recall affects vehicles manufactured in model years 2005 through 2007.
According to the automaker, the recall aims to fix a problem with the ignition that, when combined with a particularly heavy key ring or with jarring from potholes or other roadway conditions, can cause the ignition to slip out of the “on” position. If this happens, the vehicle may shut down quickly, putting its occupants at risk of suffering an accident. Because the ignition can shut down the engine and the electrical system, the power steering and front air bags may also be disabled.
So far, the automaker reports having received news of 31 crashes, including 13 deaths that occurred when the front air bags failed to inflate. Although GM began investigating the problem as early as 2007, the company only issued this recall recently. Texas drivers who have been injured in a crash due to defective vehicle parts may wish to seek advice from an experienced Texas personal injury attorney.