General Motors issued a recall for more than a half million Chevrolet Camaros on Friday morning because of an ignition-switch safety hazard that mirrors the one at the center of the company's current crisis.

The problem affects Camaro models from the 2010 to 2014 model years. Approximately 464,712 cars are impacted in the United States, and 511,528 overall in North America. GM will alter the Camaro key to a more standard design, and will notify car owners with a recall notice in the mail.

In an announcement, the company said the ignition switches on the Camaros are fundamentally different parts than the older ignition switches found on defective cars that are responsible for killing at least 13 people and causing 54 crashes.

But the consequence is roughly the same: like the faulty Chevy Cobalts and Saturn Ions involved in those earlier accidents, a driver's knee can inadvertently bump the key fob in the Camaros and cause the key to move out of the "run" position. This can lead to a reduction or loss of power.

GM said it knew of three Camaro crashes related to the problem, and those accidents resulted in four injuries. No further information on those crashes was immediately available Friday morning.

GM said the problem was discovered during internal testing that followed the recall of more than 2.5 million cars for faulty ignition switches earlier this year. That problem, along with the company's decade-long delay in recalling affected cars, has become the subject of Congressional hearings and multiple federal investigations.

It said the Camaro issue "may primarily affect drivers sitting close to the steering column."

GM announced three other recalls Friday morning.

They included recalls for 28,789 Saab 9-3 convertibles from the 2004 to 2011 model years that had a defective tensioning system cable in the driver's side seat-belt system; 21,567 Chevrolet Sonic subcompacts from the 2012 model year for a condition in which a transmission turbine shaft may fracture; and 14,765 Buick LaCrosse sedans from the 2014 model year, which had a wiring problem in the driver's door.

GM said it was unaware of any crashes or injuries related to these problems.
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DETROIT – General Motors will recall all current generation Chevrolet Camaros because a driver's knee can bump the key FOB and cause the key to inadvertently move out of the "run" position, with a corresponding reduction or loss of power.

The issue, which may primarily affect drivers sitting close to the steering column, was discovered by GM during internal testing following the ignition switch recall earlier this year.

"Discovering and acting on this issue quickly is an example of the new norm for product safety at GM," said Jeff Boyer, vice president of GM Global Safety.

The Camaro ignition system meets all GM engineering specifications and is unrelated to the ignition system used in Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars included in the ignition switch recall.

GM is aware of three crashes that resulted in four minor injuries that it believes may be attributed to this condition.

The company will change the Camaro key to a standard design from one in which the key is concealed in the FOB and is opened by pushing a button. The change will make the ignition key and FOB independent of each other, so that inadvertent contact with the FOB won't move the key from the "run" position. There are 464,712 Camaros from the 2010-2014 model years in the U.S. included in the recall. Including Canada, Mexico and exports, the total recall population is 511,528.

Separately, GM also announced two safety recalls and one non-compliance recall involving a total of 65,121 cars in the U.S. all three of which were reported to the NHTSA on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Including Canada, Mexico and exports, the total recall population is 69,839.

In all cases, customers will receive letters from GM letting them know when they can bring their vehicles into a dealership, where the recall repairs will be performed free of charge and courtesy transportation would be provided as needed.

The recalls:

28,789 Saab 9-3 convertibles from the 2004-2011 model years for an automatic tensioning system cable in the driver's side front seat belt retractor that could break. If the cable were to break, seat belt webbing spooled out by the driver would not retract. The convertibles and sedans were investigated at the same time, but the convertible parts were not identical to the sedan parts. GM has since learned of customer complaints to the NHTSA for the convertibles. Dealers will replace the driver's side retractor in the recalled vehicles. In addition, GM has issued a special coverage, so that if the same repair is required to the passenger side retractor it will be covered for the life of the vehicle. GM also extended the special coverage for passenger side belt retractors on the 2004 Saab 9-3 sedan from the original 10-year coverage to the life of the vehicle, like the convertibles. GM is unaware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities due to this condition.

21,567 Chevrolet Sonic 2012 model year compacts equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission and a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine for a condition in which the transmission turbine shaft may fracture as a result of a supplier quality issue. If this were to occur in first or second gear, the vehicle could not upshift into third through sixth gears. If the turbine shift fractured while in one of the higher gears, the vehicle would coast until it was moving slow enough to downshift into first or second gear. In both instances, a malfunction indicator lamp may illuminate. If driven in this condition for a long period of time, all forward gears may become inoperable. The engine would continue to run and all power accessories would function. Dealers will replace the transmission turbine shaft. GM is unaware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities related to this condition.

14,765 model year 2014 Buick LaCrosse sedans because a wiring splice in the driver's door may corrode and break. That may communicate incorrect information to circuits that control the door chime and allow passenger windows, rear windows and the sunroof to function when the vehicle is turned off and the driver is not in the vehicle. In addition, a chime will not sound when the driver's door is opened if the key is in the ignition.

Dealers will inspect the driver door window motor harness and, if necessary, replace an electrical splice. GM is unaware of any thefts, crashes, injuries or fatalities related to this condition.


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      SCOTTM
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am glad GM is owning up to this. It is an ethics issue. but I believe GM is only doing it to save their ass. For that, this company can NOT be trusted. It is a poor excuse for a tax payer bailout!
      UnderdogSupporter
      • 1 Year Ago
      GM should just make all of there cars have keyless entry and start as standard just so that they will never have to deal with these issues again.
      Wells Edwards
      • 11 Months Ago

      I had a 2013 Camaro for a little over a year (bought it as a x-mass present for myself in 2012), and have had a 2014 Camaro for about 6 months now. Not once has my knee/leg ever gotten anywhere near hitting the key. And even then, in reading up on this recall, their not changing anything in the ignition itself. Their simply taking away the 'switchblade' style key/remote combination, and replacing it with a 'older-style' key (with nothing else built into it), and a 'separate' remote (for remote start/doors/truck/locks and such).

      If people are for some reason sitting so close to the peddles that their knees are up 'inside' the console and behind the wheel (in which case any crash is likely to kill them as they slam into the steel wheel or get their neck snapped by the air-bag as their sitting to close to"IT" as well as the wheel), their still going to hit a 'regular' key, (which is what their apparently replacing the keyfob with) with their knee's.

      If the ignition switch is 'that' loose, yet their simply replacing the keys rather than working on the ignition switch itself, this key-swap isnt going to do anything but aggravate people who now have to keep track of a separate key 'and' remote.

        Wells Edwards
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Wells Edwards

        For anyone that may be curious.  

        Here: http://s3.photobucket.com/user/ShadowWolf81/slideshow/Camaro%20Ignition%20Shots

        Are some pictures i nabbed with my cell-phone not 5 mins ago. Showing my own 'personal' leg/knee/thigh/foot positions when doing various things ('driving', 'cruising', 'relaxed', 'breaking').

        In only 1 of them is my knee 'anywhere' near the keyfob, and even then, my thigh is pressed up 'under' the wheel (the wheel itself is keeping the leg/knee from going any higher). Its not a position I 'normally' use, but i do know i do it once and a while. Most of the time the other 'normal relaxed' picture is how my legs/knees sit when im not holding down the gas/break/clutch.

        Unless i, for some odd reason, started driving my Camaro with my knee's practically 'inside' my dash... i'll never come close to hitting my key.

      Lynn Ferrell Marshal
      • 6 Months Ago

      Here's the thing I own a 2010 Camaro and my knee doesn't come anywhere near the key fob...just don't understand this and I'm not giving up my key fob....so there


      John Moore
      • 2 Months Ago

      Please contact me regarding this matter 

      Galaxy princess
      • 2 Months Ago

      Got the service done today. Wish I did research before hand. They didn't fix anything. All they did was put a key lock hole on the handle on the drivers side, removed the switchblade style key, and gave me two laser cut regular styled keys. I do find it annoying though and wish I was told in more detailed exactly what they would be doing. Good thing I only bought in one set of keys and still have a switchblade style key that still works on the ignition (and now the door). Probably won't keep this "fixed version" for long especially since I had no problems with my knee ever coming close to the ignition key while driving.

      Keith Ruffner
      • 1 Year Ago
      i'll keep buying GM no car or truck is 100% SAFE that goes for any make/brand don't kid yourself, you take a chance with your life every time you drive period. love me Camaro 2SS drive fast and live short because life goes by in a flash
      Paul Harry Deaner
      • 9 Months Ago

      Wish I would have read these before complying with the "so called ignition recall". Waited 6 weeks for the part (2 keys on a ring), took my car in on a Saturday, for a "one hour fix". Now I have a remote with a flip key cut off & a key and ring hanging toward my knee! Nice quality GM. I could have had the spare keys mailed to me and made my own decision on this issue.

      If I drove in a sleeping position it may be an issue, there doesn't seem to be any common sense applied to this.

      Unhappy Chevy owner

      Corey Anderson
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have a 2014 camaro SS and im looking... What the heck were they doing to get their knee high enough to hit the ignition???
        Brian Meissen
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Corey Anderson
        If they're sitting that close to the steering column to be able to hit the keyfob with their knee, I guarantee if they get in an accident and the steering wheel air bag deploys they're going to get clobbered.
          Brian Meissen
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Brian Meissen
          And what I meant is -- where is personal accountability? I was taught to sit further away from the steering column because of the air bag. It's not GM's fault these folks can't position themselves correctly in the vehicle. Just can't engineer vehicles around stupidity.
        malgu
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Corey Anderson
        Simple: they were trying to create a problem
      muspod
      • 1 Year Ago
      government motors...
      WindsWilling
      • 1 Year Ago
      It should be required by law if you're thinking of buying a GM product that you have to get checked for severe mental illness. We all knew GM made junk for decades now, but this at least put things into perspective for the bowtie fanboys and squashed a lot of their morale.
      ihyln
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't want to sound elitist but who in their right mind would buy GM? Is your life worth saving a grand on some subpar car?
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