In February 2014, General Motors (GM) expanded a recall of 1.6 million vehicles with defective ignition switches to include the 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice sports car. The ignition problem has been linked to at least 12 deaths and 34 front-end collisions in which airbags failed to deploy. GM is now under criminal investigation for waiting more than a decade to recall vehicles after learning about the problem.
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List of Pontiac Solstice Recalls
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Pontiac Solstice Recall for Ignition Switch Defect
The 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice has a faulty ignition switch that can move from the “run” position into “off” or “accessory” — effectively shutting down the engine, electrical components, power-assisted steering and brakes, and airbags. The problem can occur without warning.
According to the Pontiac Solstice recall notification provided by GM:
“The weight on the key ring and/or road conditions or some other jarring event may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position, turning off the engine. If the key is not in the run position, the air bags may not deploy if the vehicle is involved in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.”
Risk-factors for ignition switch defect:
- Driving over bumpy roads
- Having multiple keys on the key ring
- Bumping the key (especially shorter drivers)
- Front-impact collision (may also shut off airbags)
What’s the problem?
GM has faced harsh criticism after admitting that they knew about the ignition switch problem in 2001 — well before the Pontiac Solstice was launched, and more than a decade before February’s recall. GM CEO Mary Barra has apologized for the delayed recall and said it was a tragic situation in which “terrible things happened.”
GM produced a timeline of events (.pdf) indicating that the first death linked to the ignition problem occurred in 2005, when a 16 year-old girl died in a Chevy Cobalt. Two teenagers died in Wisconsin under similar circumstances in 2006. In March 2010, a 29 year-old girl died on her birthday just one day after getting her car back from the dealership for repairs after the engine died while she was driving. In all cases, the ignition was in the “accessory” instead of “run” when the accident occurred.
Documents provided by GM indicate that engineers advised recalls several times, but executives vetoed these solutions for “business reasons.” Instead of issuing a recall, GM decided to issue a Service Bulletin to dealerships. Engineers also proposed simple solutions that would have cost less than $1 per vehicle, including using a plastic insert that would change the shape of the ignition. Only a few hundred vehicles actually received the repair.
GM states that Pontiac Solstice owners can take their vehicle into any Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac dealer to perform the repairs. GM has offered customers a free loaner vehicle and $500 off the purchase of a new car.
According to the official GM Pontiac Solstice Recall website:
“GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ignition switch, free of charge. The recall began on March 10, 2014. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020, Pontiac at 1-800-762-2737 or Saturn at 1-800-553-6000. GM’s number for the initial recall is 13454 and 14063 for the expansion. Note: Until the recall repairs have been performed, it is very important that customers remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the vehicle key. The key fob (if applicable), should also be removed from the key ring.”
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