On behalf of Weisman, Kennedy & Berris Co., L.P.A. posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, February 19, 2014.
One driver called it “really scary.”
A senior auto industry analyst called it “another example of how potential engineering flaws from the past can come back to bite an automaker.”
General Motors executives might be inclined to simply call it bad luck.
The subject matter: faulty manufacturing that led last week to GM’s recall of approximately 780,000 cars in North America.
Well more than 600,000 of those vehicles — mostly Chevrolet Cobalts made between 2005 and 2007, along with about 33,000 Pontiac G5 2005 models — are driven by motorists in the United States.
The problem is far from trivial and something that owners of affected vehicles in Ohio and nationally will want to take quite seriously.
The specific concern relates to incidents of some Cobalts and G5s stalling out without warning. General Motors officials say that 22 confirmed car accidents have resulted from the problem. Tragically, six people died in five of those crashes.
The recall was arguably a bit slow in coming, given that GM admits to knowing as early as last spring that the problem existed. An ABC News article discussing the recall states that it wasn’t issued earlier “because GM wasn’t able to pinpoint the cause until recently.”
Now it knows, apprising the public last week that heavy key rings can cause the ignition switch in the recalled cars to turn to the “off” position. Reportedly, the same result can happen when the cars are driven over rough terrain.
In turn, all power to the engine and electrical components shuts down. In some instances, front air bags might not deploy.
The fix will entail replacement of the ignition switch in all recalled vehicles. The details of the recall still need to be worked out. Until an owner’s car is fixed, GM suggests that he or she remove nonessential items from the key ring and simply use the key alone to start and turn off the engine.
Source: ABC News, “GM recalling nearly 780,000 older compact cars,” Tom Krisher, Feb. 13, 2014