Car accidents can be caused by many things – including defective cars. This week, we found out that there are more defective cars on the road when General Motors announced a recall of another 3.36 million vehicles worldwide –making the total number of cars recalled by General Motors to move than 20 million this year.
The new recall, linked to eight automobile accident and six injuries, affects the ignition switch on cars from model years 2000 through 2014. The ignition switch can move out of the run position, turning off power steering and power braking while the car is being driven. This can occur if there is extra weight on the key chain that jostles the ignition when the vehicle strikes something in the road like a pothole.
According to CNN Money, some model years of the Chevrolet Impala, Cadillac Deville and DTS, as well as the Buick Lacrosse, Lucerne and Regal are included in this recall. Prior similar recalls included the Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars for a similar problem. At least 13 deaths have been blamed for the earlier ignition switch problem. The new recall relates to a different ignition switch.
Although the prior recall requires the ignition switch to be replaced, the new recall can be fixed at the GM dealership. Dealerships are expected to start fixing owners’ keys in the next few weeks.
If you drive one of the vehicle involved in the recall, contact your dealership. Also, remove any additional weight from your key chains to reduce the risk of the engine shutting off.
Drive safely and watch out for those who don’t!
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