The General Motors ignition switch recall affects a large number of vehicles built between 1997 to 2014, though only certain models are affected in any given year. Vehicles under recall for at least one model year include the Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Impala, Cadillac CTS and Pontiac Grand Am.
Defective ignition switches used in some GM vehicles may allow the key or ignition to be jarred into the off position while the car is in motion, shutting off the vehicle's engine. This can cause a sudden lack of power that increases the chances of an accident. The vehicle's airbags may be disabled since the ignition key is in the off position, making any such accident much more dangerous for the occupants of the vehicle.