General Motors is recalling more than 500,000 current-generation Chevrolet Camaros because a driver's knee can bump the key fob and cause the key to inadvertently move out of the run position, with a corresponding reduction or loss of power.
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The issue, which may primarily affect drivers sitting close to the steering column, was discovered by GM during internal testing following the ignition switch recall earlier this year. GM is aware of three crashes that resulted in four minor injuries that it believes may be attributed to this condition.
Discovering and acting on this issue quickly is an example of the new norm for product safety at GM, said Jeff Boyer, vice president of GM Global Safety.
The Camaro ignition system meets all GM engineering specifications and is unrelated to the ignition system used in Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars included in the ignition switch recall of 2.6 million small cars from model years 2003 through 2008.
The company will change the Camaro key to a standard design from one in which the key is concealed in the fob and is opened by pushing a button. The change will make the ignition key and key fob independent of each other, so that inadvertent contact with the fob won't move the key from the run position. There are 464,712 Camaros from the 2010-2014 model years in the U.S. included in the recall. Including Canada, Mexico and exports, the total recall population is 511,528.
In addition, GM is recalling:
■28,789 Saab 9-3 convertibles from the 2004-2011 model years for an automatic tensioning system cable in the driver's side front seat belt retractor that could break. If the cable were to break, seat belt webbing spooled out by the driver would not retract.
■21,567 Chevrolet Sonic 2012 model year compacts equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission and a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine for a condition in which the transmission turbine shaft may fracture as a result of a supplier quality issue. If this were to occur in first or second gear, the vehicle could not upshift into third through sixth gears.
■14,765 model year 2014 Buick LaCrosse sedans because a wiring splice in the driver's door may corrode and break.
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