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June 13, 2014

GM recalls Camaros to fix ignition switch

The driver’s knee can bump the key and cause the ignition to move out of the “run” position leading the car to lose power, GM said Friday. GM said it’s aware of three crashes that resulted in four minor injuries that may be attributed to this condition.

General Motors Co., in trying to resolve a recall of 2.59 million older cars related to loose ignition switches, found that it also needs to fix the key design on more than 500,000 late model Chevrolet Camaros.

The driver’s knee can bump the key and cause the ignition to move out of the “run” position leading the car to lose power, GM said Friday. GM said it’s aware of three crashes that resulted in four minor injuries that may be attributed to this condition.

GM is stepping up the pace of recalls as it faces multiple probes for its slowness in recalling small cars linked to at least 13 deaths. The carmaker this month released the results of an internal probe into that February recall which blamed a lack of urgency in GM’s engineering and legal department in dealing with problems, though found no conspiracy to hide facts.

“Discovering and acting on this issue quickly is an example of the new norm for product safety at GM,” Jeff Boyer, vice president of global safety for the Detroit-based automaker, said in the statement about the Camaro recall.

The company said 511,528 Chevrolet Camaros from the 2010 to 2014 model years, with 464,712 of those in the U.S., are affected.

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