Did GM intentionally conceal ignition switch defect?

Posted on Mar 31, 2014

Recently added to the recalled vehicles were the 2005-2010 models of the Chevy Cobalt, which had been experiencing ignition switch defects. An engineer in Florida by the name of Mr. Hood, who had been studying the ignition switch from a 2005 Chevy Cobalt, could not find the source of the problem to the ignition switch. When the engineer bought a replacement ignition switch, for about $30, at a local GM dealership he noticed the problems. Everything seemed the same on the surface, until he noticed big differences between the original ignition switch and the replacement. Apparently the plunger in the replacement switch is longer than the original and the spring on the switch is more compressed. But the engineer notes that the greatest difference is the force needed to turn the ignition on and off, is much greater.

The ignition switch was changed sometime in 2006 or early 2007 by GM and the supplier that made the part-Delphi. This change was to make it less likely that the driver would bump the ignition key and cause the car cut engine power and deactivating the airbags. They have confirmed that the switch was a quiet one, so quiet that GM did not know offhand which Cobalt models had the replacement. GM admits to the change, but what is trying to be proven is whether they it tried to hide the safety defect of the ignition switch intentionally.

GM’s chief executive, Mary T. Barra, along with David Friedman, top auto safety regulator, will both testify in front of the House and Senate about what lead up the wide-ranging recall this week.

The other vehicles that contain the defective ignition switch include: Chevrolet HHR, Pontiac G5, Pontiac Solstice, and Saturn Sky. The death rate for the ignition switch was raised from 12 to 13 as of last Friday (March 28, 2014). 

For a list of all cars related to the GM recall please visit our blog. If you or someone you know was in an accident related to an ignition switch failure, contact us and let us help you with your case. For more information on automobile accidents and accident cases, get your copies of The truth about how to get started with a serious accident case in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia  and 7 Deadly Sins that will WRECK your Accident Case.



2010 Chevy Cobalt



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