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By Jim Adler June 25, 2015

In June of 2014, General Motors made yet another GM recall for ignition switch failure, this time involving about 3.4 million vehicles.

With so many GM recalls in recent months, how many have been made so far in 2014? For the first half of 2014, GM has recalled almost 29 million vehicles. To put that in perspective, it’s more than the total vehicles GM has sold — in a robust sales market — in the previous eight years.

It’s also a new record for GM recalls. In fact, the nearly 29 million GM vehicles recalled in the first half of 2014 far eclipse the previous record of 10.75 GM vehicles recalled a decade earlier, in 2004.

To put GM’s latest recalls in even more perspective, of the over three dozen models GM sells in the United States, this year’s GM recalls involve all but three of them. In short, GM is responsible for extremely widespread failures in its line of products.

For a decade, GM had been aware of ignition switch defects yet failed to recall its vehicles for this defect. In that time at least 13 persons were killed in auto accidents caused by the defect.

GM finally issued its first ignition switch recall, which involved 2.6 million vehicles from earlier model years. That earlier recall involved defects in the ignition switch mechanics. For the latest recall in June of 2014, the recall involves the design of the key itself.

For this latest recall, the automaker says it must replace or change keys for the 3.4 million vehicles involved because the keys could cause the ignition switch to turn off if the keys are supporting excess weight.

This could happen, GM says, if a vehicle experiences a sudden jarring, such as hitting a curb or a road bump. Such jarring could cause the engine to stop, due to the ignition switch defect. Not only that, but power steering could be cut off and airbags could be disabled, causing a driver to lose control and thus causing severe injuries in the event of a crash.

Vehicles included in the June 2014 ignition switch recall are:

  • Chevrolet Impala, 2006-2014
  • Buick Lacrosse, 2005-2009
  • Cadillac Deville, 2000-2005
  • Buick Lucerne, 2006-2011
  • Cadillac DTS, 2004-2011
  • Chevy Monte Carlo, 2006-2008
  • Buick Regal LS & GS, 2004-2005

Persons who own these vehicles can return them to their GM dealer for a no-cost installation of an “insert” to the keys, which will change an opening in the key from a slot into a circle. Until that’s done, owners are advised to take their key off of any keychains or keyrings and to insert it into the ignition switch without any extra weight from a keychain or keyring.

If you or a loved one suffered injury in a car crash due to a defective ignition switch in a GM vehicle, notified an experienced personal injury attorney with our law firm. We can fight for your legal right to payments for your losses.

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