By Jennifer Geiger on June 15, 2014
The ignition switch recall that has killed 13 people, injured scores more and has kept GM in the hot seat with the government and consumers for months has just been expanded yet again. The automaker is recalling an additional 3.16 million midsize and large cars in the U.S. because the ignition switch could move out of the "run" position if the key is carrying extra weight while the car experiences jarring, like from rough pavement.
So far, GM has recalled 2.2 million vehicles in the U.S. related to the ignition switch issue first found on the brand's compact cars. Today's recall brings the count to about 5.4 million vehicles and covers the following cars:
The fix is to the key itself; GM said it will rework the key, adding an insert to it so that large items cannot be attached to the key. "Rework of the keys — adding key inserts — at GM dealerships is expected to begin in the next few weeks. Until the rework or replacement is completed, owners of the recalled cars are urged to remove additional weight from their key chains and drive with only the ignition key," the automaker said in a statement. The automaker also said it is aware of eight crashes and six injuries related to this recall.
So far, year-to-date, GM has recalled more than 17 million vehicles in the U.S.
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer