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.
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.
Yea, GM! Yea!
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?
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.