General Motors in February issued a recall for 2.6 million cars equipped with a deadly ignition switch, a flaw that was linked so far to at least 54 accidents and 13 deaths.
Later on, as the company embarked on a huge internal probe on its models, among the millions of vehicles recalled for various reasons it also found several other millions were equipped with different designs of the faulty ignition switch. The three different types of the faulty part could all switch off the car’s engine while driving, prompting the loss of several critical safety systems, including the airbags.
Still, even as at least one batch of cars recalled in the ignition switch debacle (besides the initial 2.6 million) was linked to further crashes and deaths, the automaker concluded that some of its cars equipped with the part are safe and don’t need to be recalled.
“We do not believe there is an unreasonable risk to motor vehicle safety in vehicles we did not recall,” commented GM spokesman Alan Adler on the matter.
The cars that were not recalled are full size crossovers like the Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse from the 2007 model year to the present – which feature the same switch design as the recalled new Chevrolet Camaros and Cadillac CTSs.
The GM spokesman said the vehicles that were skipped had been submitted to extensive testing, passing eight “dynamic” probes. Still, many analysts and observers say that given GM’s recent record of hiding evidence, the tests should be made public for increased scrutiny.