GM recalls more than 500,000 Chevrolet Camaros for ignition switch problems

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by Michael Heygood

General Motors has announced a recall of more than 500,000 Chevrolet Camaros. According to GM, the key can suddenly turn off the ignition when bumped and shut off the engine. The recent recall covers Camaros worldwide from the 2010 to 2014 model years.

The automaker said it was aware of three crashes and four injuries that may be related to the key fob problem in the Camaros. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received at least 210 complaints about the Camaros, and at least 21 of them mentioned unexpected stalling or power loss, according to a report by the New York Times.

The problem appears similar to the ignition defect that led GM to recall millions of small cars this year. GM has issued a statement that “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.”

GM says that a driver’s knee could bump the key fob and inadvertently cause the ignition lock cylinder to switch out of the “run” position. The key is released from the fob by pushing a small button. The turning of the key could result in a “reduction or loss of power,” according to GM.

The problem in the Camaros was reportedly discovered while GM was conducting internal testing following its recall of 2.6 million older small cars this year for a faulty ignition switch. That ignition switch problem has been linked to more than 50 crashes and at least 13 deaths.

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