Many residents in the Boulder area likely have at least one or more trinkets and keepsakes attached to their car’s key chain. From mini photo albums and lights to keepsakes and pepper spray; drivers young and old alike often enjoy adorning their key chains with useful and personal items. Few, however, are likely aware that loading their key chains with several objects may result in a car accident.
General Motors was back in the news again this week amid reports the company is recalling 3 million cars due to an apparent key defect. The embattled company issued the recall after reports of six injuries related to the malfunctioning of keys for certain GM models that slip out of the run position. The problem is believed to occur when drivers have too much weight on their key chains.
The most recent recall involves six GM models, the earliest of which dates back to the year 2000. Most recently the defective keys were used in the 2014 Buick Lacrosse model. In cases where the key slip occurs, a driver may experience loss of power to a vehicle’s engine, power-steering, brakes and airbags; all components that are vital in avoiding a crash and preventing drivers and passengers from experiencing serious or fatal injuries.
Revelations related to the many recent GM auto defects are troubling and have led to an investigation by members of a House committee. When reports of the first GM ignition defect surfaced, the company faced harsh criticism for its failure to immediately take action and recall affected vehicles. As a result of GM’s failures to notify the public of the defective auto parts, people died and were seriously injured.
Individuals who have been directly impacted or had a loved one impacted by a defective auto part may choose to speak with an attorney. Companies and manufacturers have a moral and legal obligation to ensure every part that is included in a car or truck is safe and passes inspection.
Source: The State, “GM recalls 3.4M more cars for ignition problems,” Tom Krisher, June 16, 2014