Understanding General Motors' Faulty Ignition Switch

In April 2006, GM approved plans for a redesigned ignition switch for the Chevy Cobalt and other small GM cars due to driver complaints that they could turn off while driving if the ignition was bumped. Though the part manufacturer told GM that the ignition design did not meet specifications, the 2003 to 2007 model year vehicles were not recalled until this past February. Faulty switches that caused air bags to fail have been linked to at least 13 deaths.

Published Apr. 4, 2014

Sources: GM, McSwain Engineering, Court documents, Bloomberg research

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