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General Motors recalls 3,300 trucks and sports utility vehicles

When you buy a product in the United States, you expect it to work as it is advertised. Sometimes, that isn't what happens. A defective product can cause injury or even death through no fault of the end user at all. General Motors has already agreed last month to pay approximately $900 million in a settlement regarding defective ignition switches in cars. Now the company is recalling 3,300 large pickup trucks and sports utility vehicles that have a similar problem.

The diameter of the ignition lock gear has an outer diameter that is larger than it has been allowed in specifications to be. This makes it hard for the trucks and SUVs to turn on correctly. The key can actually get stuck in the start position, especially when the truck is too hot inside. As it cools, it jumps to the "accessory" position and, if the truck jostles even a little bit and it is driven this way, things can happen that may endanger the driver and passengers of this vehicle.

This problem is similar to the Chevrolet Cobalt's problem with a bit of a difference: The Cobalt didn't have enough resistance to keep it from slipping out of the "run" position, while these trucks jump when it becomes cool inside.

You can take you truck to any dealer and it is reported that the dealer will replace the ignition lock housing for you at no charge.

The problem was noticed after a program within General Motors called the "Speak Up For Safety" was implemented. The light-duty versions of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverados and the GMC Sierras and some other heavy-duty and 2015 versions of the suburban and the Tahoe SUVs are the trucks that need work to make them safe to drive.

If you have been injured because of a problem like this, you may be able to bring the company to justice in a court of law.

Source: USA Today, "GM recalls pickups over ignition-switch defect," Greg Gardner, Oct. 17, 2015

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