GM’s hasn’t woken up from their ignition switch nightmare just yet. Almost 47,000 Chevrolet Caprice and Pontiac G8 cars have ignition switches that can move out of position inadvertently. As was the case with the massive recall earlier this year, GM says all it takes is a simple bump of the knee. Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know:
The problem: The ignition switch can be knocked out of the “run” position by bumping into it. Once that happens the car loses all power steering and brakes, engine power and airbag function.
Next steps: GM hasn’t said when the recall will begin, but the automaker is warning owners to allow as much clearance between your knee and key as possible by adjusting your seat and/or steering wheel. Once the recall begins, GM dealers will remove the key blade from the original transmitter assemblies and cut and fit a revised key blade and housing assembly.
Affected owners can contact Chevy at 800-222-1020 or Pontiac at 800-762-2737 and reference recall number 14445.