General Motors announced another 83,000 vehicles today, which included SUV’s and pickup trucks. The announcement of another recall was not the way GM envisioned their 2015 starting, but with how severe 2013 and 2014 were for recalls for the automotive giant – it nearly expected that the recalls would continue until resolutions to all of GM’s problems were put into action. GM spent most of 2014 recalling vehicles for faulty ignition switches, and ironically enough that continued – even as it seemed that the company had begun regulating the issues, or at least had done a good job of identifying where the major ignition switch issues were, that major recalls seemed to be behind them.
The ignition switch issues that plagued GM during the 2014 year resulted in more than 40 deaths and had spurred several accidents. Altogether, the company had recalled more than 2.5 million vehicles. The potentially faulty ignition systems though in the recently recalled vehicles doesn’t actually focus specifically on the ignition switch, as much as it’s a note that the entire electrical system of the vehicle is compromised to some degree.
More than 80,000 vehicles were recalled but the company believes that fewer than 500 will actually be impacted by the defect. The root of the issue is the ignition lock actuator binding, and “making turning the key difficult or causing the ignition to get stuck in the ‘start’ position,” according to GM. Some have said that the recall could cause the vehicle to stall, or even worse, cause the vehicle to crash – but leave the air bags un-deployed – creating a sticky situation for those GM drivers who attempt to navigate the issue. The impacted vehicles include the Chevrolet Silverado HD, Silverado LD, Suburban, Tahoe, Avalanche, GMC Sierra LD, Sierra HD, Yukon, Yukon XL, Cadillac Escalade, as well as the ESV and EXT version of the Escalade as well.
All of the impacted vehicles are 2011-2012 models, and it would appear as though the company is taking serious steps to resolving the issues as they’ve confronted yet another wave of recalls. However, it still now remains unclear how long this will go on for, or how much of 2015 will be spent recovering from the ignition switch issues that have plagued GM and have caused more than 20 million vehicles to be recalled in total since late 2013.