By now, most Americans are familiar with the allegations made against General Motors in the wake of a recent safety recall of approximately 2.6 million G.M. vehicles. The defect involves an ignition switch that can too easily be turned from the “run” position to the “accessory” position. This can even occur while the car is being driven.
But the risks are greater than just a sudden engine shut-off. If and when the ignition switch fails and the engine loses power, drivers may also lose key safety features in the car. These include the deployment of airbags, power steering and power brakes. Dozens of car accidents and at least 13 deaths have already been linked to the defect.