On Monday, July 7th, GM recalled 8.23 million vehicles. Among the vehicles recalled was the 1997 Chevy Malibu. The recall was made because of an “unintended ignition key rotation,” which can turn off the engine and cut off power to brakes, steering, and air bags while the car is still moving!
Good on GM for issuing a recall that should hopefully correct this problem. However, GM is a little late to the party.
Investigative research done by Reuters has discovered that complaints about the faulty ignition were made SEVENTEEN years ago! In April of 1997, a New Jersey woman filed a complaint to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reporting that her 1997 Malibu continuously left her stranded. Seven times she was unable to start her car because her key would get stuck in the ignition and be unable to be turned.
Her dealer replaced her faulty ignition not once, but twice. Not only was the initial replacement ignition defective, but so was the replacement to the replacement. Three ignition cylinders…all three faulty.
Her’s was not a lone case. Others filed similar complaints, yet GM did not find it necessary to issue a recall until now…after 13 deaths have already been linked with the faulty ignition switches.
GM car owners are encouraged to visit GM’s recall website.
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