According to just released internal documents from General Motors, the design for the replacement ignition switch being installed on recalled vehicles was originally rejected in 2001 in favor of the faulty ignition switch. Consumer advocates from the Center for Auto Safety allege that the decision to use the inferior product may have been based on cost.
The replacement ignition switch is slightly longer than the original and requires about twice the torque to switch positions. The added torque requirement makes it much more difficult for vehicles installed with the part to accidentally switch from on to accessory. The recalled ignition switches fail to meet GM’s own design specifications for torque.
The cost difference between the faulty ignition switch and its replacement part is estimated to be less than $1. GM has recalled 2.6 million vehicles due to the faulty ignition switch. GM has acknowledged that the faulty product is responsible for 32 car crashes and 13 fatalities, though other incidents may also be related.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident or have experienced ignition issues with your recalled General Motors vehicle, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker today at (800) 333-0000 for a free consultation.