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GM's Ignition Switch Kits with Defective Tabs are Being Replaced

Jul 11, 2014

On Wednesday, General Motors said that 542 ignition switch kits that had a faulty tab are going to be replaced. There will also be an additional visual inspection at a Delphi Automotive plant in Mexico where the parts were manufactured, the company added. None of the replacement parts are being used to fix the 2.6 million vehicles recalled over faulty ignition switches, The Detroit News reports.

According to The Detroit News, GM spokesman Alan Adler disclosed that some parts built on July 1st had broken tabs involved in the anti-theft system. The tabs do not affect vehicle safety. A New York state auto dealer said that he was contacted by GM, and was instructed not to install two of 12 versions of kits it received to fix the faulty ignition switches and ignition lock cylinders. The dealer said that the parts do not meet the company's specifications.

The ignition switch and ignition lock cylinder were included in the kits sent to dealers.

Only some of the replacement parts made it to dealers, and none were used to fix the 2.6 million vehicles recalled worldwide due to a potentially-fatal ignition switch defect; 2.19 million were recalled in the United States. The issue is that the ignition switch can switch out of the “run” position into the “accessory” position while driving, cutting access to features such as power steering, power brakes and air bags. GM is aware of at least 13 deaths and 54 crashes related to the defect. As of June 25th, the automaker's recall completion rate is up from over 296,000 repairs.

A fund has been established for the families of victims who died as a result of the ignition switch defect. According to Kenneth R.. Feinberg, a compensation expert hired by GM, these families are entitled to at least $1 million with no cap.

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