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GM recalling over 500,000 Chevrolet Camaros since you can turn ignition off with your knee

By Daniel S Levine,

In yet another recall, General Motors announced that all Chevrolet Camaros produced since 2010 are being recalled due to a faulty ignition system. It turns out that you can shut the ignition off if your knee hits the key and shut off the car.

GM said that the ignition switch issue was discovered after doing tests following the more widespread ignition switch issue from earlier in the year. However, the car maker stressed that the issue is not related to the ignition switch issue that affected the Chevrolet Cobalt and other small GM cars.

“Discovering and acting on this issue quickly is an example of the new norm for product safety at GM,” Jeff Boyer, vice president of GM Global Safety, said in a statement.

GM said that it is aware of only three crashes related to the issue, which lead to four injuries.

In total, 511,528 Camaros are being recalled, 464,712 of which were sold in the U.S.

This is the latest in a long line of recalls announced by the company since 2.6 million cars were recalled with the ignition switch issue. GM CEO Mary Berra said last week that 15 executives have been fired. A report found that there was no cover up, although the company was fined by the government for not reporting the issue in a timely manner.

GM announced three other recalls on Friday, none of which are linked to crashes or deaths. Over 28,000 Saab 9-3 vehicles from 2004-2011 have cables in the driver’s seat that may break and over 21,000 Chevrolet Sonic 2012 compacts with a six-speed automatic transmission and a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine due to a faulty transmission turbine shaft. Finally, 14,000 2014 Buick LaCrosse vehicles were recalled due to a wiring slice in the driver’s door, which could actually allow someone to control the wipers and windows while the car is off, from the outside.

 
 

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