Ignition problems lead to 824,000 cars recall by General Motors

Ignition problems lead to 824,000 cars recall by General Motors

Ignition problems in the General Motors cars that supposedly have resulted in 12 deaths and 30 accidents have led to recall of more than 824,000 cars by General Motors. Last month, the company sent out a note to recall 1.6 million cars with industry analysts questioning the delay in recalling the vehicles when the company knew about the defect way back in 2001 itself.

G5s, Pontiac Solstices, HHRs and Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Sky cars manufactured between the years 2008 and 2010 are among the cars that have been recalled by General Motors. This automaker, however, mentioned that there was no evidence of any accidents or deaths caused due to the problems with ignition in the cars that were being recalled from the market. The company said that the new recall was for the cars manufactured between 2005 and 2007, of which 90 percent of them faced ignition related issues.

General Motors has said that it has to check all the recent models rolled out to unearth the ones that were fitted with replacement ignitions. Mary Barra, the Chief Executive Officer of General Motors, in a statement said that the company does not want to take any undue risks in terms of the safety of consumers. She went on to say that it was not practically possible to sift through over two million cars to find out the thousands that were fitted with faulty ignitions. Hence, as a precautionary measure, the company decided to recall the models between specific years.

The United States Justice Department, in coalition with the Congress, are looking into the mismanagement of the company pertaining to ignition problems that have led to the death of at least one person. Among the fatalities that were reported, the airbags in the front seats did not deploy due to the ignition tampering with the internal electrical mechanism.