It is odd how that falls in place to cause a problem, unless the detents
in the switch it self prematurely wear out because of the rocking motion
of the keys on the lock.
The ignition lock turns more freely out of the steering column than when
mounted in the column. You feel more resistance when it is all
On GM vehicles what you put the key in is the ignition "lock". On the
opposite end of the lock was a rack and pinion and rod. The gear on the
lock moved the rack and rod back and forth inside and along part of the
length of the steering column. The end of that rod connected to the
ignition switch. It may not actually be the part you see, the lock,
that is the problem.
Has to be; that's what initiates the motion however the internals are
arranged--unless something comes loose internally and that would see to
have no real bearing on the weight and what is, by all press reports,
"turning off" the ignition. Then again, the press certainly isn't an
engineering root-cause analysis.
I'm still on GM's side on this one basically as being the fault of the
operator for doing something silly.
That was where I was going with that. We did sell ignition switches,
rack assemblies, and locks way back when due to something wearing out.
The expensive part was the labor and it was just as easy to replace
everything while in there. There were about 5 separate pieces that
could all contribute to the sloppiness of the works.
I'm thinking a lot of it has to do with how much less tolerance our
society has for things wearing out these days and how happy attorneys
are to go after any thing that moves.
and that would see to
Well I will agree that GM is probably not totally at fault. One should
know how to safely control a vehicle if the engine dies, whether it be
from a bad switch/lock or running out of fuel.
But having said that GM is not innocent on countless other things that
they could have easily corrected over the years but chose not to do so.
Take part number 10000669 for instance. This was a reserve vacuum tank
that served to assist opening ventilation diverted motors. It looked
like a black plastic soft ball sized ball with vacuum tubes running to
it. We sold hundreds per year. It had no moving parts and yet went bad
because of the cheapness of the materials. Ford, OTOH used what
appeared to be a black tin can. That part literally looked like it may
originally have been used to hold a vegetable in your pantry. You could
have opened it with a kitchen can opener.
Given than airbags, themselves, are a source of potential (and real)
law suits, it's reasonable to turn them off when the vehicle is off.
The fault still lies with the reason it's off.
I had a car that needed to be restarted occasionally (it took *many*
returns to the shop before they finally found the real problem). To
do it, it first had to be turned to the "off" position, which locked
the steering wheel. Ugly situations followed. Similarly, several
models lock the steering wheel when shifted out of "drive". Not so
good when the engine dies (coasting off the road may not be an
Irrelevant--if the airbag is off because the ignition switch turned
itself off, that's a bad situation.
Look, you can argue coulda-shoulda-woulda all you want to, the bottom
line is that the damned switch should stay on until somebody
intentionally turns it off.
If someone you care about ends up dead as a result of this, get back to
us on how excusable GM's incompetence is.
Why are you defending them, anyway, is it a knee-jerk reaction of a
former employee or something?
I'm not defending them at all. I'm just saying that of all the
accidents that have been blamed on the ignition switch many turn out to
not be related to the switch. I assure you many many more people have
had accidents that were not caused by the switch however that does not
prevent an attorney from going after every hint of an accident.
I am clueless of how many are actually caused by the switch compared to
how many had nothing to do with the switch but I would bet you the
later overwhelms the former.
You are simply buying into the hype. I personally dealt with a lot of
these type cases for most of the 80's. Every time there was an accident
after a publicized recall, attorneys, insurance companies, and factory
reps had to inspect the vehicle before any repairs were made by our
dealership. Very seldom did that amount to anything other than the
insurance company paying for the repair.
What are you on about? I never said anything about quantity of
accidents. If ONE person gets dead as that result of this piece of shit
it's TOO DAMNED MANY.
You're starting to sound like the guy at Ford who figured that not
enough people would get killed when Pintos blew up for it to be worth
fixing the design.
Then I advise you to stop driving any vehicle from this point on and
stay in doors. There is hardly a vehicle out there that does not have
the potential to have an accident for one reason or another.
Before you know it there will be recalls on crash avoidance systems,
lane change systems, and back up cameras because the drivers ignored
My Ranger is one of the vehicles affected, it is the only the
passenger side. There is a switch to turn it off and I have. Now mind
that I have gotten a letter from Ford advising me of the recall
(waiting for the parts to be available) but make no mention that you
should turn it off. No doubt more lawyer fodder for those injured by
My Mom and my niece both have affected cars. My niece was
told (after they inspected the car to confirm it was under
the recall) that they had turned off the airbag. My Mom
was not. Both Corollas, both at the same dealership, altho
about a month apart.
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