GM recalls every Camaro built since 2010

(CNN)

(CNN)

NEW YORK — General Motors announced a new recall of 512,000 Camaros, saying a flaw can switch the popular sports car off while it’s being driven.

GM said that the problem is similar but not identical to the flawed ignition switch in 2.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts that has been tied to at least 13 deaths. In that recall, the ignition switch itself was faulty and needed to be replaced. In the case of the Camaro, the design of the ignition key and the attached fob makes it susceptible to being bumped out of the “run” position, similar to what happened with the recalled Cobalts.

But GM said the ignition switch does not need to be replaced in the Camaro. Instead it is issuing a new key and fob which aren’t attached to each other.

GM said the problem with the Camaro has been traced to at least three accidents and four minor injuries, but no deaths or serious injuries.

GM said that it is acting much faster in response to reports of problems than it did with the Cobalts, which the automaker waited 10 years to recall.

“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.

GM is under fire over the 10-year delay in the Cobalt recall. It had to pay the maximum $35 million fine to federal safety regulators and faces criminal probes as well as Congressional investigations over that recall. The automaker has also said it will set up a fund to compensate those crash victims.

The Camaro recall covers the models years from 2010 through the current 2014 model. The company said it applies to 465,000 Camaros in the United States, while the rest are in Mexico, Canada or overseas.

GM also announced three other minor recalls in which there were no accidents or injuries reported, including about 30,000 Saab convertibles due to a problem with the seat belt retractor. Saab, which GM jettisoned as part of its 2009 bankruptcy, is one of the few GM brands that the automaker had not recalled before now.

GM is also recalling 25,000 Chevy Sonics, and 15,000 Buick LaCrosses.

All told, Friday’s recall brings GM’s recall total for the year to 14.4 million U.S. cars and trucks, and 16.5 million worldwide.

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12 comments

  • looky

    Told you people once the deal was cut with Holder on the maximum fine to Government Motors,they wold recall everything !

    • pooky

      They paid the max $35 million and just stopped two days ago a $7k a day fine after they gave the government the Valukas report. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx set the fine not Holder. Foxx also said he urged Congress to support an act that would increase the maximum fine from $35 million to $300 million.
      Find another conspiracy theory to go on about.

      • looky

        Theory my ase!! Toyota was hit with a billion dollar fine versus this piseant fine for the thieves at GM !!

  • Chucky

    I own a Camaro. Honestly, I have no idea how what they are saying could happen with the key, could happen. I actually prefer the key and fob combined. If they are separated, the fob fob or other attached keys will be bumping me in the leg while I am driving.

  • The One

    GM use to make a decent auto, but now not so good. Design to fail is in most american cars now, if you can call them american. The Camaros transmission is made in china, well the one I looked at was.

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