GM told dealers about ignition problems in 2005 and 2006

|By:, SA News Editor

GM (GM) sent notices to dealers in 2005 and 2006 saying that ignition switches in some of its models could turn a car engine off. However, rather than issuing a recall, GM told dealers to advise drivers to remove non-essential items from key chains, while the car-maker also provided an insert to stop keys from jostling.

The revelation is the latest to show how GM knew about the issue, which has been linked to at least 12 deaths, years ago. The disclosure will probably also increase pressure on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about why it didn't force the issue, as it receives the notices.