Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the numerous recalls undertaken by GM lately. As a matter of fact, you probably caught wind of them even if you do live under a rock. With the number of cars affected reaching almost fourteen-and-a-half million, it’s kind of hard to miss. Unfortunately for GM fans, more specifically GM performance fans, they recently added yet another car to the long list of factory fixes. Number 38 on this list is now occupied by every single fifth generation Camaro on the road. As much as we hate to admit it, it’s beginning to look a lot like GM of the 1980s.
So what exactly is the issue? Well, apparently when driving a fifth gen, the operator could accidentally hit the key fob with their knee inadvertently turning the car off while it is moving. If I may interject, as a 6’5″ automotive journalist, the Camaro is nowhere near the only vehicle that has this problem. As far as GM is aware, the issue has resulted in three crashes causing four minor injuries.
How does GM plan on solving the problem? Via their website, “The company will change the Camaro key to a standard design from one in which the key is concealed in the FOB and is opened by pushing a button. The change will make the ignition key and FOB independent of each other, so that inadvertent contact with the FOB won’t move the key from the “run” position.”
The Camaro recall is part of GM’s larger campaign to proactively address safety issues and make up some of the public relations ground lost this year due to the previously neglected ignition issues with their small cars.
Here’s a video demonstrating the problem: