GM Replacement Ignition Switches Recalled Over Faulty Tab

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What the hell is going on over at General Motors? First the manufacturer announced on February 7th that a defect relating to 619,122 cars was identified, but that figure hiked to 25.7 million vehicles to date. As if that wasn't enough of a handful, the carmaker gets utterly ridiculous because of 542 redesigned ignition switches recalled in view of a faulty tab.
According to an official statement, those 542 badly designed replacement ignition switch kits will be brought back to the Delphi Automotive plant in Mexico, disposed of and replaced with better built ones. Furthermore, this botchy mess "convinced" Delphi to add a visual inspection at its Mexico plant to make sure this bobble won't occur a second time.

Some dealers were notified of the issue a couple of days ago, while a GM official informed that the glitchy kits were built on July 1st. The sub-standard ignition switches in question are affected by a broken tab which is part of the anti-theft system. Delphi says that this fault doesn't impact vehicle safety, but you never know. It's borderline shameful how GM recalls components that were designed to replace the parts originally recalled.

General Motors says it has fixed a tad over 400,000 recalled automobiles suffering from those pesky ignition switches. However, that's but a fraction of the 2.6 million total population, of which some 2.2 million are located in the United States. A small design fault on a small component such as the ignition switch has been officially linked to 54 vehicles crashed and no less than 13 deaths until now, so the problem isn't to be taken lightly at all.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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