Skip to comments.GM faulty ignition crashes now 47
Posted on 05/24/2014 11:14:35 AM PDT by jazusamo
GM (GM, Fortune 500) has raised the number of frontal-impact crashes linked to the problem ignitions to 47 from 32, according to company spokesman Greg Martin.
Because of the flawed ignition, key rings holding more than one key could cause the ignition to suddenly switch to the off position. That can lead to a loss of power -- locking the steering wheel and interrupting airbags from deploying in an accident.
GM says the number of deaths tied to front impact crashes stemming from this defect remains at 13.
On Friday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reportedly said the number of deaths tied to the problem was likely higher.
"The final death toll associated with this safety defect is not known to NHTSA, but we believe it's likely that more than 13 lives were lost," NHTSA said in a statement reported by the Detroit News. GM spokesman Jim Cain said the automaker was aware of the report and that "if necessary we will adjust the number."
NHTSA has not responded to CNN's requests for comment.
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GM has been making crappy ignition switches FOREVER. Our ‘72 Impala’s broke (in ‘79) and our 1994 Caprice’s broke (in 2013). By now you’d think they’d address the problem.
I never carry anything on my ignition key. It is a pain, but I know the strain on the ignition switch is real. Cost me over $130 to have it fixed years ago.
I don't know why car manufacturers don't make the ignition switch capable of holding 20 lbs. It seems like at most a $1 increase in materials.
The ignition switching off might lead to a loss of power. Who knew that could happen?
“The ignition switching off might lead to a loss of power. Who knew that could happen? “
I wonder if I unplug my lamp the light will go off? /s
I love America, but I don’t trust union-dominated American cars, especially now that they’re all mobbed up with the feds.
It’s all about the money. If they can save a fraction of a cent on a part, they’ll do it.
Boy howdy, just wait until the Govt. steps in and toyotas ‘em - oh wait....
The writer and editor are in need of refresher courses. :)
There is a persistent problem with brake lights not operating suddenly, without warning to the driver, going back for years. GM has ignored the design defect.
The way it works is that the Hazard Flasher switch on the steering column is a complicated design where the rear stop light circuit goes through the switch. Sometimes the hazard switch can fail on or off. When it fails off the driver has no indication of a failure but the rear stop lamps do not activate. All wiring, lamps, and brake pedal switch may test OK but because of the underlying design flaw the driver experiences either a moving violation or worse, a rear-end collision. These collisions have caused serious injury over the past 15 or more years. Nearly all small trucks and autos use this circuit switch and circuit design.
One would almost conclude that GM desires to inflict damage on their customers.
This in my opinion is the worse of all design flaws coming out of GM. GM needs to cease to exist.
My father and I bought GM since the 50’s. No more! We just got a Kia Optima.Twice the car than a G.M. Product!
My Lincoln MKX has a push button ignition. Nothing to turn.
And this is why the Yugo is the world's #1 selling brand.
Push button start brings back memories of two of my first cars.
Companies in the auto industries have done things like changing a gear from cast iron to plastic to save cost. However if the gear fails it costs hundreds for the owner.
Built in obsolescence. It will last beyond the warranty period then it’s not their problem.
I purchase Ford product and haven’t had any problems with engine or transmissions for decades. Just usual maintenance.
On GM not so good. That’s why I changed and see no compelling reason to change back.
Shhhh ... All those words are on GM’s “do not say” list ...
Here's a pic of my(less than 50,000 mile)GMC after loss of brake fluid caused my two-tones to hit the floor.
(2 brake lines from MC to module/clamped to(prematurely)rusted-out main frame, causing rusted-out brake line/fluid leak)
True that, those words are no no’s at GM.
...d@mn bean counters...it's all about the dollars.
If it were a foreign brand you can bet they would have been hung out to dry long ago by the manipulate market share to benefit dem campaign union cash/friends-of-crony-capitalists fed's.
Not totally understanding how the ignition switch can go to “lock” position in gear. My Buick has to be in “Park” before the key will turn to “lock”;unless that is the defect they’re talking about.
It doesn’t move to lock, only to the off position which causes loss of power steering, brakes and disables airbags.
I should have added the writer of this piece seems to be an airhead.
That seems especially bad , it’s an area that will trap dirt and collect moisture ,, rust is guaranteed there , especially in areas with road salt.
I had previously bought a mid-90’s GM from Michigan when it was about 10 years old,,, the rear brake line rusted and popped on it too.. I cut a non rusted section of brake line a foot forward of the break and used a LARGE pair of vice grips to roll/fold/crimp up the line to get it home...
I'm not sure how the steering week "locks", but I take it at face value. It's hard to control a moving vehicle if you can't steer.
Same here - ignition key is separate from rest of them. Keeps the danglers from bumping my knee and allows me to keep all the rest locked in my car when I'm out and about.