GM Ignition and Other Issues Recall Investigation

GM has had a large number of recalls in recent years for a variety of problems—the ignition problem, a power steering problem, a problem with the right front driveshaft, a problem with airbags and seatbelts failing. Even some 2018 models are being recalled.

We’re investigating the ignition switch problem, which was particularly bad. The switch would move out of the run position, cutting power to the car, and turning off the engine. It could be caused by something as simple as a heavy key chain or a knee bumping against the key fob, and it could result in a loss of control of the vehicle, as it disabled the power steering, brakes, and airbags. The result was 169 deaths and hundreds of injuries.

GM knew about the problem for a decade before issuing a recall in 2014. In 2015, a judge ruled that those suing the company for ignition problems could ask for punitive damages—that is, damages not just for specific losses or injuries but solely to punish GM—for failing to address the problem sooner.

If you have been involved in an accident because of ignition switch problems, fill out the form on this page for a free consultation, to see if you might be eligible for compensation. These are the vehicles involved:

  • 2005-2009 Buick LaCrosse
  • 2006-2011 Buick Lucerne
  • 2000-2005 Cadillac DeVille
  • 2003-2011 Cadillac CTS
  • 2004-2006 Cadillac SRX
  • 2006-2011 Cadillac DTS
  • 1997-2003 Chevrolet Malibu
  • 2000-2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
  • 2000-2014 Chevrolet Impala
  • 2005-2010 Cobalt
  • 2004-2005 Chevrolet Malibu Classic
  • 2006-2011 HHR
  • 2010-2014 Chevrolet Camaro
  • 1999-2004 Oldsmobile Alero
  • 1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue
  • 2007-2010 G5
  • 2006-2010 Solstice
  • 1999-2005 Pontiac Grand Am
  • 2004-2008 Pontiac Grand Prix
  • 2003-2007 Ion
  • 2007-2010 Sky

Here are some more recent problems that have resulted in recalls and the GM cars and trucks involved.

Ignition Stuck in the Start Position: It may become difficult to turn the key or the key may become stuck in the start position. If it’s stuck in the start position, it may suddenly snap back into the accessory position, resulting in a loss of power to the engine, steering, braking, and air bags.

  • 2011-2012 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Escalade EXT
  • 2011-2012 Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado HD, Silverado LD, Suburban, Tahoe
  • 2011-2012 GMC Sierra LD, Sierra HD, Yukon, and Yukon XL vehicles

Power Steering Issue: According to the Nation Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), some Chevy and GMC trucks have a software problem that can cause them to lose their electrical power steering assistance for about one second. This can cause the driver to lose temporary control of the steering wheel, increasing chances of a crash.

  • 2014 Chevrolet Silverado LDs
  • 2014 GMC Sierra LDs

Software Issue: The vehicle’s sensing and diagnostic module can go into test mode, causing the airbags not to inflate and the seatbelts not to work properly during a crash.

  • 2014-2016 Buick LaCrosse
  • 2014-2017 Buick Encore
  • 2014-2016 Chevrolet SS, Spark EV
  • 2014-2017 Chevrolet Corvette, Trax, Caprice police car, Silverado 1500
  • 2015-2017 Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban, Silverado HD
  • 2014-2017 GMC Sierra 1500
  • 2015-2017 GMC Yukon, Yukon XL, Sierra HD
  • 2015-2017 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV

Weld and Steering Issues: The front upper control arms may have defective welds that allow them to separate from the bushing, causing difficult in steering and increasing the chance of a crash.

  • 2016 Cadillac Escalades, Escalade ESVs
  • 2016 Chevrolet Suburbans, Tahoes
  • 2016 GMC Sierras, Yukons Yukon XLs
  • 2016-2017 Chevrolet Silverados, Sierra 1500s

Right Front Intermediate Driveshaft: The right front intermediate driveshaft may fracture on some vehicles and separate while the vehicles are in motion, causing them to lose propulsion.

  • 2017-2018 GMC Acadias
  • 2018 GMC Terrain vehicles
  • 2018 Chevrolet Equinox
Article Type: Investigation
Topic: Consumer
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Tags: Defective Ignition Switch, Your Car