The defective ignition switch that led General Motors to recall an additional 3.4 million large sedans earlier this month was manufactured in China, according to a report filed with safety regulators obtained by Reuters.

The switches can be knocked out of the run position, much like those affecting the Chevrolet Cobalt and other GM small cars, turning off the engine and safety systems like the airbags. Unlike GM's previous ignition switch recall, though, this latest issue will see dealers simply modify the key rather than replace the ignition switch outright, despite the fact that the switches were "slightly" below torque specifications.

If what GM is claiming about this switch's origin is true, it'd mark the second high-profile recall of a part manufactured in China, following Aston Martin's (relatively) huge recall due to faulty accelerator arms in over 75 percent of the cars it had built since 2007.

For what it's worth, from our perspective, the link between the Aston plastics and this GM switch seems just a bit too tenuous for us to put a lot of stock in GM's problems stemming from the location of its parts supplier, especially when the related investigation into its corporate culture has resulted in so many other culpable actors.


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      skoobey
      • 6 Months Ago
      It could've been made in Monaco. And everyone makes mistakes. Problem here being that GM knew about the problem, did nothing about it and people that are responsible even benefited from this "cost saving". Ford Pinto all over again? Cheaper to pay off a couple of lives that fix their products, that may I remind you, were never mentioned as faulty at the time of sale.
      owen brown
      • 6 Months Ago
      Sure GM , blame China. ..Smdh
      Jarda
      • 6 Months Ago
      Does, Not, Matter. Designed by GM (right?), Quality-checked by GM (right?), ***Approved by GM***
      Tes
      • 6 Months Ago
      Are they implying that everything that comes from China is crap?
      404 not found
      • 6 Months Ago
      Assembled in China. Designed in..................?
      hokkaido76
      • 6 Months Ago
      Just another example of gm taking the financially easy way out, as opposed to doing what's right. Shameful.....
        • 6 Months Ago
        @hokkaido76
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      Griffen
      • 6 Months Ago
      Made in China, but designed where? Doesn't matter where it was made as long as it was to the specs of the designer then its the designer's responsibility.
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 6 Months Ago
      Arent they making the cars in China to ship them here?
      SquareFour
      • 6 Months Ago
      When all else fails, blame China.
        b.rn
        • 6 Months Ago
        @SquareFour
        I'm not sure they did blame China. I don't see a GM press release where they announced it? GM was required to file a report on the ignition switch. I'm sure that report had to include where the switch was manufactured. If they hadn't mentioned the point of origin, they would have likely been in trouble. It was likely the media that chose to publicize this particular item in the report.
      Karl
      • 6 Months Ago
      Garbage Chinese manufacturing paired with American need for profits. Walmart mentality.... Enjoy your Chinese @#%^.
      Worx2749
      • 6 Months Ago
      Typical Corporate Bean Counter thinking: who can make the part most cheaply, to make us look better when the quarterly numbers come in? This is what passes for "management" at too many American companies.
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