Danny "Danno" Williams on "Hawaii Five-O" loves his Chevy Camaro. It looks like he might have to give it up, though -- at least for a while. It, like so many other General Motors cars, is under recall due to an apparent product defect.
GM announced today that it's recalling more than 500,000 2010-14 Camaros because of an issue with the ignition. The company says that if a driver's knee happens to bump the key in the ignition, it could jostle out of the "run" position. Officials say the danger is that the car's engine could be turned off leaving power steering and brakes disabled.
The recall comes after reports of three known crashes in which air bags didn't deploy. Four people suffered injuries in those accidents. GM says it's not sure the bag failures were due to an ignition key bump, but it's taking no chances.
This is one of four new recalls announced by GM today. They now get added to 34 other recalls announced this year covering nearly 16.5 million vehicles around the world.
While the Camaro issue is similar to the ignition switch problem in some 2.6 million other vehicles previously recalled, GM says it is not quite the same. The ignitions in the earlier recalled vehicles didn't meet company specifications. Fifty-four crashes and at least 13 deaths have been attributed to that problem.
The Camaro switches were designed specifically for that model and the company says the have always met specs.
The other three recalls issued today cover potential seatbelt issues in nearly 29,000 Saab 9-3 convertibles from the 2004-11 model years; just over 21,500 2012 Chevrolet Sonics for potential automatic transmission faults; and nearly 15,000 2014 Buick LaCrosse sedans for a slight wiring problem.
GM says it doesn't know of any accidents, injuries or deaths due to the problems.
Source: The Detroit News, "GM recalls 510,000 Camaros for ignition problem linked to 3 crashes," David Shepardson, June 13, 2014