Consumer Reports: GM sold defective Camaro key years after recall
The keys are prone to accidentally shutting off the engine and disabling the airbags.
Consumer Reports has issued a report criticizing General Motors for continuing to sell a defective Chevrolet Camaro key for years after it had been recalled.
The company deemed the key defective in 2014, noting that the so-called switchblade design used since the 2010 model year was prone to rotating out of the 'run' position if it makes contact with the driver's knee. If the engine turns off unexpectedly, the airbags are disabled along with the power steering system.
The magazine says GM is now recalling the faulty key again after an employee discovered that the defective design had continued to be available from the automaker as a replacement part. Despite the second recall, the key is still said to be offered for sale through third-party vendors.
"It's outrageous that GM left thousands of its customers at risk for more than five years after its ignition-switch recalls," says CR safety policy manager William Wallace. "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration should get to the bottom of why this wasn't discovered or reported sooner. If GM didn't follow the law, NHTSA should issue steep fines to deter future misconduct."
A GM spokesperson pointed out that the company is not aware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities related to the defective keys.
The initial recall was issued in the wake of GM's massive ignition-switch recall, which involved a different defect but with the same consequences as the Camaro campaign. The faulty switches have been associated with more than 100 deaths.