On the same day it announced a compensation fund for victims of its defective ignition switch, General Motors (GM) announced more massive recalls Monday afternoon, collectively encompassing an additional 8.2 million U.S. vehicles to repair ignition switch defects and other safety problems.
The six new recalls GM announced affect 17 model years stretching back to 1997 up until 2014. In addition to the 7.6 million U.S. vehicles recalled, GM recalled another 800,000 vehicles globally, bringing the total number of cars included in the latest recall to 8.4 million.
The automaker said that it blames “inadvertent ignition key rotation” in the recalled vehicles for seven crashes, three deaths, and eight injuries.
GM has already recalled more than 6 million vehicles to correct a hypersensitive ignition switch, which can allow the car key to slip into the “accessory” or “off” position while the vehicle is in motion, immobilizing power steering and anti-lock brakes while preventing the airbags from deploying. Until now, GM has attributed 13 deaths and 54 crashes to its ignition switch defects.
Most of the vehicles affected by Monday’s ignition switch recalls are older model (1997-2005) Chevrolet Malibu sedans. Other models recalled are 1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue; 1999-2004 Oldsmobile Alero; 1999-2005 Pontiac Grand Am; 2000-2005 Chevrolet Impala; 2000-2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo; 2004-2008 Pontiac Grand Prix; 2003-2014 Cadillac CTS; and 2004-2006 Cadillac SRX.
GM is recalling several other vehicles for problems not related to the ignition switch, including 188,705 Buick Rainiers, Trailblazers, and Saabs for possible electrical defect in the driver’s door; 20,134 Chevrolet Cruze, Sonic, Trax, Buick Encore, and Verano models for a potential engine block problem; and 12,008 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra models for possible electrical problems.
GM said that it would fix the ignition-key rotation problem by modifying the keys, converting the slot on the key head to a small hole that would help keep the key in position.
The latest recalls bring the number of vehicles GM has recalled in North America to 29 million since the start of the year – a record for the nation’s largest automaker.