Initiating the recall, the automaker said in a statement to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the defect may cause the key to get stuck in the "start" position. This, they said, could eventually cause the car to stall while moving.
“If stuck in the 'start' position, the ignition may suddenly snap back into the 'accessory' position, causing a loss of engine, steering, and braking power, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash,” the statement read. “If the vehicle is in a crash, the airbags may not deploy, increasing the risk of occupant injury."
While GM is recalling 92,000 vehicles, they have said that they only anticipate 500 vehicles to have the defect.
— Jake Koala Kid Maves (@jake_maves) December 18, 2014
GM has already recalled nearly half of its vehicles in 2014 for ignition-related issues. Among those 15 million cars, 2.6 million were recalled in February as a result of another faulty ignition that has been blamed for 42 deaths and 58 injuries from accidents.
Overall, GM issued 84 recall campaigns in 2014 for nearly 30 million vehicles in the United States. They also paid a $35 million fine to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in May.
In June, CEO Mary Barra was called to Congress to explain a delay in the recall of millions of cars with the fatally flawed ignition switch. Barra admitted that the company "failed to handle a complex safety issue in a responsible way,” as family members of victims looked on.
Senator Claire McCaskill slammed GM as well as the NTSB as having a “culture of cover-up."
— HMG Lawfirm (@HMGLawfirmCC) December 15, 2014
GM has been under special scrutiny because taxpayers bailed out the failing company in 2009 to the tune of $11 billion.