General Motors CEO Mary Barra provides an update on the ignition switch recall investigation
Need to catch up on all the recent GM recalls and verify what might affect your vehicle? General Motors has since earlier this year released regular updates on a table outlining its vehicle recalls so far in 2014—including the much-covered ignition-switch-related recalls. And it's actually a good place to start.
It’s a bold, unprecedented move for any automaker to sum up its recall efforts in such a way, as companies tend to shy away from highlighting campaigns once underway. But it’s been no ordinary year; and with the number of deaths due to GM’s ignition-related recalls reaching 30 by the latest estimates, this total includes an exceptional series of recall campaigns, and the effort helps keep both owners and the media fully in the loop.
CHECK OUT: IIHS Changes Top Safety Pick+ Rules For 2015The chart (below) definitely covers some smaller items that only affect a small number of vehicles and wouldn’t ordinarily be seeing this level of limelight. But on the other hand, the chart brings to light three key recall efforts in the ignition-switch scandal (on U.S.-market terms):
- A February 25 recall of about 1.37 million vehicles for “ignition switch torque performance”—affecting the 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5; 2003-2007 Saturn Ion; 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR; 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice; and 2007 Saturn Sky.
- A March 28 expanded recall, also for “ignition switch torque performance,” affecting 823,788 vehicles, and the 2008-2011 Chevrolet HHR; 2008-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt; 2008-2010 Pontiac G5; 2008-2010 Pontiac Solstice; and 2008-2010 Saturn Sky.
- An April 9 recall of about 2.19 million vehicles for the broader “ignition cylinder” issue, affecting 2005-2010 Chevy Cobalt; 2006-2010 Chevrolet HHR; 2003-2010 Pontiac G5; 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice; 2003-2007 Saturn Ion; and 2007-2010 Saturn Sky.
Separately, there were several follow-up efforts, not for quite the same issue, but also for issues rooted in the ignition-key hardware:
- A June 16 recall of 3.14 million vehicles, to rework or replace ignition keys, affecting 2005-2009 Buick LaCrosse and Allure; 2006-2014 Chevrolet Impala; 2000-2005 Cadillac Deville; 2004-2011 Cadillac DTS; 2006-2011 Buick Lucerne; and 2006-2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
- A June 30 recall of 5.88 million vehicles, for “unintended ignition key rotation,” affecting 1997-2005 Chevrolet Malibu; 1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue; 1999-2004 Oldsmobile Alero; 1999-2005 Pontiac Grand Am; 2000-2005 Chevrolet Impala and Monte Carlo; and 2004-2008 Pontiac Grand Prix.
- A June 30 recall of 554,328 vehicles, also for “unintended ignition key rotation,” affecting 2004-2006 Cadillac SRX and 2003-2013 Cadillac CTS—plus 2014 CTS models excluding the new-generation sedans.
If you own any of the affected vehicles, or you're not sure if your vehicle is affected, head to GM's recall hub for owners, or check directly with your dealership
GM 2014 Running Recall Totals, through October