Chevrolet's Embarrassing Camaro Mistake Will Cost Millions

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Fifth-generation Camaro ignition keys are being recalled again.

GM made it onto our list of Scandals That Rocked the Automotive Industry when it was discovered just knocking against the key in the ignition while driving shuts down things like the power steering, power brakes, and airbag sensors. The second recall wasn't exactly the same and related specifically to the fifth-generation Camaro, where GM had to recall every single key that went out with one. The Camaro sold very well between 2010 and 2014 so that meant that hundreds of thousands of the dangerous key fobs were out there.

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They were dangerous because it was possible to turn the key in the ignition out of the run position while driving, potentially shutting down the engine and electrical power to the brakes, power steering, and airbags with an inadvertent nudge of the knee.

GM recalled and replaced the key, but now Consumer Reports is reporting that an employee discovered it was still for sale through GM as a replacement part. That means owners of 2010 through 2015 Chevrolet Camaros that have replaced their key could be using the dangerous key again. As a result, GM has issued a recall again on the same key.

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Unlike the other GM key issue that, according to a lawsuit was implicated in up to 124 deaths and hundreds of injuries, the 5th generation Camaro specific recall has no examples of it actually causing damage or harm. The key is easily identified as it's a flip-out design rather than the replacement's fixed position key. The fixed position key protrudes from the ignition a lot less than the previous design and is less likely to be knocked while driving.

Owners of the faulty replacement keys can contact Chevrolet's customer service department at 800-222-1020 and dealers will replace the flip-out key with the fixed position key and fob.

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