GM Recalls Pontiac G8 and Chevy Caprice for Ignition Switch

General Motors just added Cobalt 2010 for webalmost 50,000 more cars to the 14 million it has already recalled this year for ignition problems.

GM recalled the Pontiac G8 and Chevy Caprice for Ignition Switch issues just last week. The 2008-2009 Pontiac G8 and 2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice are just the latest of some 30 million cars recalled this year by the beleaguered automaker.

On Oct. 3, GM posted a letter on the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website (pdf) which it had sent to dealers Sept. 4: “There is a risk, under certain conditions, that some drivers may bump the ignition key with their knee and unintentionally move the key away from the ‘run’ position. If this occurs, engine power, and power braking will be affected and power steering may be affected, increasing the risk of a crash.”

This is the sixth recall of 2014 that involves the ignition system in some 14 million GM cars which feature an ignition key that can slip out of the ‘run’ position. Only 2.6 million of these auto, for whatever reason, are covered by GM’s $400 million victims’ compensation fund.

Twenty three deaths and 53 accidents have been attributed to a bad ignition switch in those vehicles. General Motors has received nearly 900 claims so far, including 153 death claims and 70 for life-altering injuries that include paralysis and/or amputation (pdf).

The potential for the key to slip out of the run position exists in all of the 14 million autos; however, GM distinguishes between the ignition switch flaw in the 2.6 million cars and the problems in almost 12 million other cars, trucks and SUVs which GM says are linked to the ignition key, or the keyhole of the ignition cylinder.

Updated Recall List of 2014 Ignition Switch Recalls

The following is an updated list of all key rotation problems in GM cars. On Oct. 4, 2014, GM updated its total recall list for this year. Of the 30 million total (in 74 recalls this year), 26.5 million are GM autos in the U.S.

Vehicles GM identifies as “Unintended Ignition Key Rotation”

Oct. 4, 2014 Recalls:

2008-2009 Pontiac G8
2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice

Previous GM Recalls of 2014:

Chevrolet Malibu, 1997-2005
Chevrolet Impala, 2000-2005
Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 2000-2005
Pontiac Grand Am, 1999-2005
Pontiac Grand Prix, 2004-2008
Oldsmobile Intrigue, 1998-2002
Oldsmobile Alero, 1999-2004
Cadillac CTS, 2003-2014
Cadillac SRX, 2004-2006

Other GM cars with ignition key issue:

Key FOB Can Bump Ignition

Chevrolet Camaro, 2010-2014

Key Replacement from Slot to Hole

Buick Allure, 2005-2009
Buick LaCrosse, 2005-2009
Buick Lucerne, 2006-2011
Chevrolet Impala, 2006-2014
Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 2006-2007
Cadillac Deville, 2000-2005
Cadillac DTS, 2007-2011

Unintended Ignition Key Rotation

Chevrolet Malibu, 1997-2005
Chevrolet Impala, 2000-2005
Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 2000-2005
Pontiac Grand Am, 1999-2005
Pontiac Grand Prix, 2004-2008
Oldsmobile Intrigue, 1998-2002
Oldsmobile Alero, 1999-2004
Cadillac CTS, 2003-2014
Cadillac SRX, 2004-2006

Ignition Key Pullout in Run Position

Saturn Vue, 2002-2004

Ignition Switch Torque Performance issue

The only models GM is covering in its compensation fund:

Chevrolet Cobalt, 2005-2010*
Chevrolet HHR, 2006-2011*
Pontiac Pursuit, 2003-2007
Pontiac Solstice, 2006-2010*
Pontiac G5, 2007-2010*
Saturn Ion, 2003-2007*
Saturn Sky, 2007-2010*
Opel/Vauxhall GT, 2007-2010
Daewoo G2X, 2007-2009

*Asterisk indicates cars needing ignition cylinder replacement.

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