16.5 million. That’s the total number of vehicles in North America that have been recalled by General Motors in 2014. That number surpasses GM’s full-year recall record of 10.75 million set in 2004.
Early last week, GM recalled 512,000 Chevrolet Camaros from 2010 to 2014 because a driver’s knee can bump the key and knock the switch out of the “run” position, causing the engine to stall. This disables the power steering and brakes and could cause drivers to lose control.
The Camaro’s ignition switch problem was discovered during internal testing after the initial GM ignition switch recall earlier this year. The 2.6 million cars recalled earlier this year have been the center of federal investigations, lawsuits and a $35 million fine from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration after investigations revealed GM knew for more than a decade that the small-car switches were faulty, yet didn’t recall them until early this year.
GM is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to the Camaro ignition switch problems, but the earlier recall has caused more than 50 crashes and at least 13 deaths. If you own a Chevrolet Camaro 2010-2014, call your local dealer to discuss what options you have.
If you believe you’ve been injured in an accident due to faulty GM ignition switches, contact the Indiana personal injury attorneys at Wilson Kehoe Winingham.