The supplier of the defective ignition switch that prompted a recall of 2.2 million cars says that General Motors (GM) knew the parts did not meet the company’s specifications and accepted them anyway.
The ignition switch can move from the “run” position to the “accessory” position — and cut off electrical power as a result — if a heavy key ring or jarring from rough roads pulls on the key too hard.
The defect has been linked to 13 deaths and 31 crashes, and the families of those who died in cars that have now been recalled are looking for answers. In the video below, the father of a 20-year-old killed in a car crash involving a 2007 Pontiac G5 speaks out about his son’s accident four years ago that was once blamed on “driver error.”
GM’s handling of the ignition switch recall is now under investigation by government committees that are reviewing thousands of pages of documents and holding hearings with company officials and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Delphi, the supplier of the ignition switch, told committee staff that GM signed off on a document called a Production Part Approval Process in 2002 despite sample testing of the switch that ” …was below the original specifications set by GM.”