A recall has now been set in order for General Motor vehicles that used a seriously flawed ignition switch. Although the issue was brought up in 2005, the company stalled almost 10 years before finally agreeing to a recall. According to an uncovered memo, the original decision was due to a concern over how much the recall would cost the company.
The problematic switches have a weak spring that can (and has) caused the car to turn completely off when the automobile is driven across bumps. This causes the car to become very difficult to control or drive, as the power brakes and power steering also shut off when the car does. In addition, the vehicle becomes unsafe due to the airbags being off.
The vehicles in question include Chevy Cobalts and HHRs, Pontiac G5s and Solstices, and Saturn Ions and Skys.
Sadly, thirteen people have lost their lives due to accidents with the automobiles thought to use these faulty ignition switches.
The CEO of General Motors, Mary Barra, promises that the “New GM” will put safety before cost.
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