General Motors (GM) said on Monday that it has recalled about 3.16 million vehicles in the US to rework or replace the ignition keys because the ignition switches in these cars might inadvertently move out of the “run” position if the key carried extra weight.
The company also said the key may move out if the vehicle experiences a jarring road event such as striking a pothole or crossing railroad tracks.
“If the ignition switch moves out of the “run” position, there is an effect on power steering and power braking. In addition, the timing of the key movement out of the “run” position, relative to the activation of the sensing algorithm of the crash event, may result in the air bags not deploying,” GM said in a release.
The recall affects 3,160,725 million cars with model years ranging from 2000 to 2014. The company said it will either rework — adding key inserts — the ignition keys of the vehicles recalled, or replace them.
“GM will add an insert to the ignition keys of the recalled vehicles to close the slot and leave a 4×6-millimeter hole through which the key ring could be attached. In vehicles where the key cover has been worn, new keys with holes instead of slots will be provided free of charge,” the statement said.
The latest recall follows a review of ignition issues of 2.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars, as reported in February. GM said it is aware of eight crashes and six injuries related to this recall.
Additionally, GM has announced recalls for 165,770 vehicles in the US under five separate recalls.
The company expects the rework of the keys at GM dealerships 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 company said in a statement.
The following cars are being recalled:
Buick Lacrosse MY 2005-2009
Chevrolet Impala MY 2006-2014
Cadillac Deville MY 2000–2005
Cadillac DTS MY 2007–2011
Buick Lucerne MY 2006–2011
Buick Regal LS & GS MY 2005
Chevy Monte Carlo MY 2006–2008