GM Recall 2014: Problems Linked To Deaths Have Been Known About For 10 Years

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The latest GM recall in 2014 involves faulty ignition switches, steering issues, and wiring problems in up to three million vehicles. But is this just the tip of the iceberg?

In a related report by The Inquisitr, the worst part about the GM recall is that the problem was known about for at least 10 years. In fact, one of the previous GM recalls was linked to at least 303 deaths, and most of the victims were very young.

The original GM recall affected 2.6 million vehicles and is currently being investigated by Department of Justice, Congress, and federal auto regulators because the ignition switches would cause airbags to not deploy, even when a GM vehicle hit a tree or any other solid object. Now one of the newest GM recalls is for a new problem with the ignition switches:

“Complaints have been rolling into GM by the hundreds about keys falling out of the ignition cylinder while the engine is still running. Many of the GM cars that are suffering from this flaw are also cars that were recalled due to faulty ignition switches. Those recalls were made because it only took a heavy key ring, heavy with, say, the weight of your fancy new GM car key, to turn off the engine at random moments, disengaging the airbags and power steering.”

The newest GM recall in 2014 affects three million vehicles, including 2.4 million of 2004-2012 Chevrolet Malibu, the 2004-2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, the 2005-2010 Pontiac G6, as well as 2007-2010 Saturn Auras. Fortunately, the wiring problem associated with this GM recall has not been linked to any deaths, but there were 13 accidents. The wiring problem could cause failure to the cruise control, traction control, electronic stability control, and panic braking assist operations. In some cases, the brake lamps would light up randomly or fail to turn on at all.

But a GM recall for the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra pickups, and some 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs can be life-threatening. The steering problems associated with these trucks are so serious that the GM recall asks owners to not drive their trucks to the dealerships. Instead, they’ll send a flatbed truck to pick up your vehicle.