The problem was a 57-cent (according to testimony from House Democrat Diana DeGette) part inside the ignition switch, a tiny, half-inch, part that has since been associate with a GM vehicles recall in the millions, at least 13 deaths and perhaps hundreds of car wrecks. (http://money.cnn.com/2014/04/02/news/companies/gm-recall-part/)
The part has a name. It’s called the “switch indent plunger” and it’s job is to provide enough pressure — or, in car language, “torque” — to keep the ignition from turning off. The reason being that, should the ignition accidentally turn off while the car is running, then the airbags, anti-lock brakes and power steering will all be disabled — something nobody wants to happen.
When Delphi told GM that their parts were not up to company specifications, what they meant was that the plunger did not have enough torque to meet GM’s specifications by ensuring that the ignition would not turn off while the car was running. GM accepted the parts, according to both Delphi and GM CEO Barra during her testimony last week, knowing full well that the plunger did not have enough power.
If you have been injured in an accident while driving one of the cars included in the GM faulty ignition recall, the ignition switch defect may have been the cause. Contact our lawyers today at 818-839-2320 or email us here.