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Recall 14V540000

Ignition Key Cylinder Turns Off Engine Unintentionally

Recall Details

The ignition key may be unintentionally bumped from the run position to the off position, resulting in shutting off the engine. Dealers will modify the flip key and transmitter assembly free of charge to correct the problem.

Our Quick Take

The ignition key may be unintentionally bumped while in the vehicle ignition switch cylinder, resulting in shutting off the engine.

What Should You Do?

General Motors notified owners of affected vehicles starting in December 2014. You can check with your dealer to see if your vehicle is involved in this program. It is helpful to have your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on hand when you contact them. The General Motors recall number is 14445.

Affected Cars

Electrical & Lights, September 09, 2014

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
September 09, 2014
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
46,873
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
14V540000
Component
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice vehicles manufactured October 15, 2010, to December 6, 2013, and 2008-2009 Pontiac G8 vehicles manufactured July 25, 2007, to February 18, 2009. In the affected vehicles, the driver may accidentally hit the ignition key with their knee, unintentionally knocking the key out of the run position, turning off the engine.
Consequence
If the key is not in the run position, the air bags may not deploy if the vehicle is involved in a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Additionally, a key knocked out of the run position could cause loss of engine power, power steering, and power braking, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will remove the key blade from the original flip key/RKE transmitter assemblies, and cut and fit a revised key blade and housing assembly, in which the blade has been indexed by 90 degrees, to the original RKE transmitter assembly. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 and Pontiac customer service at 1-800-762-2737. GM's number for this recall is 14445. Note: Until the recall has been performed, it is very important that drivers adjust their seat and steering column to allow clearance between their knee and the ignition key.
Notify
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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