GM is recalling more than half a million Chevrolet Camaros due to defective products. The component in question this time? You guessed it – a faulty ignition switch. Late last week, General Motor announced it would be recalling 511,508 of the muscle cars worldwide. The recall comes after mounting complaints that, like its other recalled vehicles, the car could be shut off by a driver bumping the ignition with his or her knees. As class action and private defective products cases mount against the automotive conglomerate, shareholders are watching as stocks plummet.
As of now, every Chevy Camaro that was manufactured by GM since it reintroduced the muscle car in 2010 will be recalled. General Motors says that it has only been made aware of three Camaro accidents that led to only four minor injuries because of the problem. GM also says that the recalls aren't ignition switch-related, but that the car company simply wants to "jump on safety problems as soon as they emerge," which many feel is a way of circumventing an admission of guilt.
The vice president of GM Global Safety says that this recall is "…an example of the new norm for product safety at GM." More than 90% of the Camaros have been sold here in the United States.
In addition to the Camaro recall, General Motors has also recently recalled another 65,000+ of its vehicles. Those vehicles include nearly 29,000 Saab 9-3 2004-2011s, more than 21,000 Chevy Sonics, and close to 15,000 2014 Buick Lacrosse sedans.
The corporate executive officer of General Motors, Mary Barra, made an announcement two weeks ago that more GM recalls were sure to come. Late last week, GM delivered on that notion. Coupled with the Cobalt recall and several others, GM has now had to recall close to thirteen and half million cars, trucks, and SUVs since the beginning of the year.
Source: Motoramic, "GM recalls 511,508 Camaros for ignitions you can switch off with your knee" 13 June 2014