GM Recalls Every Fifth Generation Camaro

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
gm recalls every fifth generation camaro

General Motors has recalled 511,,528 Camaros – that is, every single current generation Camaro ever made – for a defect involving the ignition key fob being inadvertently bumped and switched to “off”.

According to GM,

General Motors will recall all current generation Chevrolet Camaros because a driver’s knee can bump the key FOB and cause the key to inadvertently move out of the “run” position, with a corresponding reduction or loss of power.

The issue, which may primarily affect drivers sitting close to the steering column, was discovered by GM during internal testing following the ignition switch recall earlier this year.

GM is apparently aware of three crashes and four minor injuries that can be attributed to this problem. The Camaro recall is part of a wider recall that can be viewed here.

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  • Russycle Russycle on Jun 13, 2014

    3 crashes out of hundreds of thousands of vehicles sold, which could have been avoided by the drivers not banging their knees into the switch, is hardly the making of a deathtrap. I'm not saying GM shouldn't do better, but this case isn't that outrageous.

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    • MK MK on Jun 13, 2014

      @ktm Because no good human factors design inputs included? Because that ignition been in the same place fer years and that's how they do it at GM? Because of all the cost-cutting that would cause your car to suck after a few years this was seen as comparatively minor? Because in the million things that can go wrong with an electro/hydraulic/mechanical system this just wasn't noticed? Who knows but some lawyers are going to get very wealthy trying to figure it out.

  • Ralph ShpoilShport Ralph ShpoilShport on Jun 14, 2014

    Yea, GM! Yea!

  • JGlanton JGlanton on Jun 14, 2014

    I've had many cars with key fobs, but not one key fob had a switch that turns off the ignition. What am I missing here?

    • Multicam Multicam on Jun 15, 2014

      JGlanton, the key fob IS the key. It's a switchblade style key that pops out from the key fob itself.

  • Multicam Multicam on Jun 15, 2014

    My wife has a 2012 V6 version with manual transmission and I've spent a lot of time driving it. This problem, which essentially is an ergonomics problem, does not surprise me in the slightest. While there are a number of things I like about the car, the poor ergonomics has always shocked me. Small things like the placement of window controls, awkward placement of the e-brake, or counter-intuitive HVAC controls are minor annoyances, and then there are the bigger problems like the higher-than-Everest belt line which makes for a pillbox-like experience and the bulging ass end of the car.

    • APaGttH APaGttH on Jun 15, 2014

      The Gen V Camaro is a fabulous exercise of form way way WAY over function...and GM bean counting. Zeta was too big of a platform, and suspension hard points were such they couldn't "lower" the hood and trunk lines. As a point on the bean counting, they didn't even move the battery in the trunk to the passenger side (US) because the Aussie based platform has it on the other side. For right drive, battery is "left" side to offset some of drivers weight.