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The safety crisis at General Motors expanded once more on Monday as the automaker announced that it was recalling 3.36 million cars worldwide because they might suddenly switch off if their keys are carrying extra weight and the vehicles experience a “jarring event,” like hitting a pothole or crossing railroad tracks.
The problem mirrors a deadly defect that G.M. failed to correct for more than a decade and that the company has linked to at least 13 deaths and 54 crashes. In February, the automaker started recalling 2.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts, Saturn Ions and other small cars, saying that if their keys were bumped or jostled, their engines could turn off, disabling critical systems like steering, brakes and air bags.
G.M. said it was aware of eight crashes and six injuries tied to the problem involved in the latest recall, which includes G.M.'s most popular sedans from the 2000 to 2014 model years.
A spokesman said the ignition switches did not need to be replaced, even though they were "slightly" below the company specification for torque -- the force needed to move the switch out of the run position.
originally posted by: howmuch4another
GM has run out of cars to recall so beginning June 20,2014 they will begin recalling Fords.
Chrysler may be next in the dock for faulty ignition switches if the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determines there’s a problem lurking on 1.25 million cars. The agency opened two investigations this week after Chrysler revealed it used airbag controllers on previous-generation Jeeps that only stay powered for 150 milliseconds after the car shuts down, a similar setup to the airbag issues GM has been facing all year on its older and some current models. The agency said it had received 32 complaints from Grand Cherokee and Commander owners since 2004 alleging the ignition key being easily bumped into the off position by the driver’s knee. A total of 525,000 2005–2006 Grand Cherokee and 2006–2007 Commander models are potentially affected. One crash has been reported.