According to a filling made with the US federal authorities, the almost 3.4 million cars recalled in connection to the defective ignition switch first discovered in the 2.6 million recall of US bound small models like the Chevy Cobalt and Saturn Ion had the part made in China.
General Motors told the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the earlier, June 16 recall of Chevrolet Impala and Monte Carlo, Buick LaCrosse and Lucerne, and Cadillac DeVille and DTS models is now connecting the manufacturer of the defective part to China-based Dalian Alps Electronics – a company that is a 90% subsidiary of Japan’s Alps Electric Co.
According to the automaker, while the defect is similar to the one found in the February ignition switch recall, which has been so far linked to 54 crashes and 13 deaths, this time around there were eight accidents and six injuries, with no fatalities.
“As of today, we have not been contacted, or received any complaint from GM of any problems or defects with Alps’ switches,” said Takashi Sogo, group manager of investor and public relations.
The parts maker acknowledged it supplied the ignition switches to GM but added that the US company so far hasn’t made any complaints and that in the first place the part was based on design and specifications required by the automaker.