The GM ignition switch recall continues to grow. So far in 2014, GM has announced 55 different recalls in North America, affecting a total of almost 29 million vehicles.
Its ignition switch problems have spiraled into a crisis that has led to Congressional hearings, firings, and the revelation that dozens have died as a result of this hidden defect. Analysis of Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a national database of crash information submitted by local law-enforcement agencies, reveals at least 74 people have died in GM cars with the same ignition switch problem as the recalled vehicles.
GM engineers first encountered problems with the switches in 2001, a year before they went into production. The faulty GM ignition switches can cause engines to shut off while driving, leading to a sudden loss of power steering and power brakes, and the failure of air bags to deploy in a crash. The driver loses all control.
Today Chrysler recalled 800,000 vehicles for similar ignition switch problems. The recall includes 2006-07 Jeep Commanders and 2005-06 Jeep Grand Cherokees. Chrysler says these cars' ignition switches could be knocked out of the "on" position inadvertently, causing a stall and a loss of power to airbags.
If you drive one of these vehicles, or any of vehicle subject to the ignition switch recall, remove all keys from your key ring. Keep your car ignition key separate from any others or any key ring. Get in touch with your local dealer as soon as you can and schedule a fix.