Will the insanity ever stop? GM is recalling even more cars, again. This time around 3.5 million vehicles have been recalled, bringing the total for this year to over 20 million. If General Motors keeps this up, it will be seeing each and every lucky owner of its vehicles that are still tooling around on roads, which will surely lead to a lot of unhappy customers who might just swear off future products from the auto giant.
You really shouldn’t be shocked, because this round of recalls is mostly about — you guessed it — an ignition switch problem! In a familiar scenario, when the cars go over potholes or other “jarring” elements on a road, the key in the ignition could turn out of the run setting, leading to disaster.
The recall includes models that have a key that has a slot instead of just a small circle for the key ring. Engineers concluded that the additional weight that could potentially be added by car owners who have a big, fat slot to fill up could be enough to make the key turn by itself in the ignition. In other words, if you own a GM vehicle you should really consider taking off the heavy, metal Hello Kitty keychain charm.
The solution to the problem does not involve replacing the ignition switches, making the recall a little different. Instead, dealerships will modify the keys, installing an insert that eliminates the slot and leaves just a small circular hole like the other keys that have been deemed safe.
The rest of the recall deals with various issues that aren’t nearly as entertaining. Just know that if you own a 2013 to 2014 Cadillac ATS or 2014 CTS, a 2011 CTS sedan with AWD, a 2014 Corvette with Competition Sports Seats, 2014 to 2015 Silverado or Sierra, or a 2015 Silverado/Sierra 2500/3500 HD your vehicle is also subject to a recall.
Does anyone want to place bets on when the next GM recall will happen?