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512,000 Camaros recalled, ‘flaw can switch car off while being driven’

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General Motors announced a new recall of 512,000 Camaros, saying a flaw can switch the popular sports car off while it’s being driven.

GM said  that the problem is similar but not identical to the flawed ignition switch in 2.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts that has been tied to at least 13 deaths. In that recall, the ignition switch itself was faulty and needed to be replaced.

In the case of the Camaro, the design of the ignition key and the attached fob makes it susceptible to being bumped out of the “run” position, similar to what happened with the recalled Cobalts.

But GM said the ignition switch does not need to be replaced in the Camaro. Instead it is issuing a new key and fob which aren’t attached to each other.

GM said the problem with the Camaro has been traced to at least three accidents and four minor injuries, but no deaths or serious injuries.

 


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