General Motors knew of ignition switch problems with 6.7 million midsize and large cars for 11 years, but the automaker failed to warn customers and issue a recall until last month. Documents, released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on July 18, show yet again that GM hid safety problems on its older models. This also exposes an all-too-familiar pattern of ignition switch problems in millions of GM vehicles in the past 10 years. As this issue was being sent to the printer, GM had issued 60 recalls covering 29 million vehicles, So far this year more than 17 million of those were for ignition problems.
GM’s recall of the midsize and large cars included the 2000-2005 Chevrolet Impala and Monte Carlo, the 1997-2005 Chevy Malibu, the 1999-2004 Oldsmobile Alero, the 1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue, the 1999-2005 Pontiac Grand Am and the 2004-2008 Pontiac Grand Prix. All have the very same ignition switches as the Colbalt and the other vehicles in the first recall by GM.
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