The major recall relates to a problem with ignition switches which can wear from heavy, dangling keys. According to the report, if the key chains are bumped or people drive on rough surfaces, the switches can suddenly change from the "run" position to "accessory" or "off." This activity can disable power-assisted steering and brakes, and can cause drivers to lose control. Air bags may also be unable to inflate in the event of a crash. Drivers are urged to leave key rings empty until the switches are replaced. GM has linked 12 deaths to the ignition switch problem.
GM is also offering owners of the recalled cars free loaner vehicles and $500 toward a new GM vehicle, says the article. There are time restrictions, however. For further details about the recall and GM's offer to vehicle owners can be found here.
Posted by Andrew Wheeler