GM Issues Another Ignition Switch Recall - for Camaros

GM Recalling Chevy Camaros for Ignition Switch Problem
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DETROIT -- Ignition switches once again are causing problems for General Motors.

This time the company is recalling nearly 512,000 Chevrolet Camaro muscle cars from the 2010 to 2014 model years because a driver's knee can bump the key and knock the switch out of the "run" position, causing an engine stall.

That disables the power steering and brakes and could cause drivers to lose control.

GM (GM) said Friday that it knows of three crashes and four minor injuries from the problem. A spokesman said the air bags didn't go off in the crashes, but GM hasn't determined if the nondeployment was caused by the switches.

GM said the Camaro switches met its specifications -- unlike those at the center of a recall of 2.6 million small cars. That problem has caused more than 50 crashes and at least 13 deaths.

Company spokesman Alan Adler said the problem occurs rarely and affects mainly drivers who are tall and sit close to the steering column so their knees can come in contact with the key.

The Camaro switches are completely different from those in the small cars with ignition switch problems. The Camaro switches, he said, were designed by a different person, and meet GM standards for the amount of force needed to turn the cars on and off.

Currently the Camaro key is concealed in the fob like a switchblade. GM will replace it with a standard key, and a separate fob attached by a ring so it will dangle from the key. Adler said with the change, if the driver's knee hits the fob, it doesn't come in contact with the key.

"You can hit the key fob all day long and it's not going to have any impact on the ignition," he said.

The problem was discovered during internal testing of ignition switches after the company recalled the switches in small cars such as the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion earlier this year, GM said. GM knew for more than a decade that the small-car switches were faulty, yet didn't recall them until early this year. The problem has brought federal investigations, lawsuits and a $35 million fine from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

GM also announced three other recalls Friday, bringing the total number of vehicles recalled by the company to about 14.4 million in the U.S. and 16.5 million in North America. Earlier this year GM passed its old U.S. full-year recall record of 10.75 million vehicles set in 2004.

Also recalled were:
  • Nearly 29,000 Saab 9-3 convertibles from the 2004-2011 model years. A cable in the driver's seat belt tension system can break and the belt won't retract. Convertible seat belt parts are different from sedan parts, the company said. GM took action after finding out about customer complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the statement said. Passenger belts on the 2004 models will get a lifetime warranty. GM says it knows of no crashes or injuries from the problem.
  • Nearly 22,000 Chevy Sonic subcompact cars from the 2012 model year with six-speed automatic transmissions and 1.8-liter four-cylinder engines. A transmission turbine shaft can fracture, GM said. If it happens in the first two gears, the transmission won't be able to shift into higher gears. If it occurs in a higher gear, the car would coast until it slows to the point that it can downshift into first or second. The transmissions can fail if driven for a long time with the problem, GM said. Dealers will replace the shaft. The company says it knows of no crashes or injuries from the problem.
  • Almost 14,800 2014 Buick LaCrosse sedans. A wiring splice in the driver's door can rust and break, messing up circuits that control the door chime and control the electric windows and sunroof. Dealers will inspect the wires and replace the splice if needed. No injuries have been reported from the problem.

GM Sets Four More Recalls, Covering About Over 105,000 Vehicles

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Time to turn off GM!

June 13 2014 at 4:05 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Economic publications, such as "The Nordic Model - Embracing globalization and sharing risks", characterize the system as follows:

An elaborate social safety net in addition to public services such as free education and universal healthcare.
Strong property rights, contract enforcement, and overall ease of doing business.
Public pension plans.
Low barriers to free trade. This is combined with collective risk sharing (social programs, labour market institutions) which has provided a form of protection against the risks associated with economic openness.
Little product market regulation. Nordic countries rank very high in product market freedom according to OECD rankings.
Low levels of corruption. In Transparency International's 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index all five Nordic countries were ranked among the 11 least corrupt of 176 evaluated countries.
High percentage of workers belonging to a labour union. In 2010, labour union density was 69.9% in Finland, 68.3% in Sweden, and 54.8% in Norway. In comparison, labour union density was 12.9% in Mexico and 11.3% in the United States. The lower union density in Norway is mainly explained by the absence of a Ghent system since 1938. In contrast, Denmark, Finland and Sweden all have union-run unemployment funds.
A partnership between employers, trade unions and the government, whereby these social partners negotiate the terms to regulating the workplace among themselves, rather than the terms being imposed by law.

June 13 2014 at 12:48 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Socialist countries have a higher number of labor unions than the US does. This is one of the reasons why the middle class is disappearing here in the US.

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Some economists have referred to the Nordic economic model as a form of "cuddly" capitalism, with low levels of inequality, generous welfare states and reduced concentration of top incomes, and contrast it with the more "cut-throat" capitalism of the United States, which has high levels of inequality and a larger concentration of top incomes.

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