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NEWS: GM is recalling certain 2005-2009 Buick LaCrosse, 2006-2011 Buick Lucerne, 2000-2005 Cadillac DeVille, 2006-2011 Cadillac DTS, 2006-2014 Chevrolet Impala, and 2006-2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo vehicles; ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Report Receipt Date: JUN 23, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V355000 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3,141,731 

JUNE 2014 -- This defect can affect the safe operation of the airbag system. Until this recall is performed, customers should remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the ignition key. The key fob (if applicable), should also be removed from the key ring.

General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2005-2009 Buick LaCrosse, 2006-2011 Buick Lucerne, 2000-2005 Cadillac DeVille, 2006-2011 Cadillac DTS, 2006-2014 Chevrolet Impala, and 2006-2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the weight on the key ring and road conditions or some other jarring event may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position, turning off the engine. If the key is not in the run position, the air bags may not deploy if the vehicle is involved in a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Additionally, a key knocked out of the run position could cause loss of engine power, power steering, and power braking, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. GM will notify owners, and dealers will install two 13mm key rings and key insert into the vehicle's ignition keys, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact GM's number for this recall is 14299. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


NEWS: GM recalls 3.4M cars for ignition switch problems
Detroit News  @ June 16, 2014

JUNE 2014 -- General Motors Co. said Monday it is recalling nearly 3.4 million cars for ignition switch problems worldwide after reports of eight crashes and six injuries. It is one of six new recall campaigns totaling 3.6 million vehicles that was announced by the automaker.

The recall — which is similar to GM’s delayed recall of 2.6 million older Cobalt, Ion and other cars linked to 13 deaths and 54 crashes due to faulty ignition switches — comes as the automaker’s woes continue to mount. On Friday, GM recalled more than 510,000 current-generation Chevrolet Camaros for ignition switch problems linked to three crashes in which air bags failed to deploy.

In the ignition switch recall announced Monday, GM said it will rework or replace the ignition keys on some 2000-14 cars in the U.S. because the ignition switch may inadvertently move out of the “run” position if the key is carrying extra weight and experiences some jarring event. That causes the engine to stall, disabling power steering, power brakes and air bags.

Recalled cars include:

GM spokesman said now-fired engineer — who received much of the blame for the delayed recall in GM’s investigation, was the “design-release engineer” for the switches involved in the new recall announced Monday. Now-fired engineer signed off on the original Cobalt ignition switch in 2002 that didn’t meet GM’s specifications and approved an upgrade in the switch in 2005 and didn’t change the part number, the report found.

GM spokesman said the switches in the latest recall did meet GM’s specifications. He noted that unlike the Cobalt and Ion recall, the automaker isn't replacing the ignition switches, only the keys. GM will add an insert to the ignition keys of the recalled vehicles to close the slot and leave a smaller hole through which a key ring could be attached. In vehicles where the key cover has been worn, new keys with holes instead of slots will be provided free of charge.

Fixes are expected to begin in the next few weeks. Until then, owners of recalled cars are urged to remove additional weight from key chains and drive with only the ignition key.

GM said just one of the models included in the U.S. recall for ignition switch problems — which totals 3.16 million — is still in production: the previous-generation Chevrolet Impala, which is sold to rental fleets as the Impala Limited. The total number being recalled in North America — U.S., Canada, Mexico and exports — is 3.36 million.

In addition to the ignition key recall, GM also announced U.S. recalls for 165,770 vehicles in these five actions:

68,887 2013-14 Cadillac ATS and 21,863 2014 Cadillac CTS sedans. In some vehicles with automatic transmissions, the shift cable may not be fully secured to the shifter bracket or transmission bracket. If the shift cable comes out of the brackets, the driver may not be able to shift in or out of gear. GM is unaware of crashes or injuries.

57,192 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 HD and 2015 GMC Sierra 2500/3500 GMC Sierra HD pickups to inspect for proper attachment of power steering hose clamps to the power steering pump. If hose comes loose, loss of power steering and power brakes would result. GM knows of no crashes or injuries.

16,932 2011 Cadillac CTS sedans with all-wheel drive. On some vehicles, a gasket leak where the constant velocity joint meets the rear propeller shaft may cause the rear propeller shaft to separate or become loose, making contact with the vehicle floor above and causing the rollover sensor to inflate roof-rail air bags. GM is aware of 15 unintended deployments, but injury data is unclear.

712 2014 Chevrolet Corvettes with optional Competition Sport Seats, because an unbelted child and door trim may block the passenger seat side air bag vent. Dealers will replace the bag. GM is unaware of any injuries related to this condition, but advises customers to not allow small children in the front seat until it’s serviced.

184 2014-15 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups with vinyl floors and accessory all-weather floor mats purchased new with the vehicle. The mats can slip under the driver’s feet because the vinyl floors have no attachments to secure them in place. Customers are advised to take the floor mats to their dealer for a full refund. GM is unaware of any crashes or injuries.

GM has issued 44 recalls this year calling back 20 million vehicles worldwide, including 17.7 million in the United States — by far an all-time record. The tally includes some vehicles that have been called back more than once.