DETROIT - General Motors has told its dealers to stop selling some models of Cadillac because the company hasn't yet decided how to fix a defective ignition switch.
GM issued a "stop delivery order" to dealers to stop delivery of 2014 Cadillac CTS sedans that use a standard key ignition. Newer models with a push-button start, including next generation Cadillac CTS, were not included in the order. The order includes used models of the 2003-2013 CTS and 2004-2006 Cadillac SRX. The vehicles have a "D" in the fourth position of the VIN or Vehicle Identification Number.
The order reads, "If the key ring is carrying added weight and the vehicle goes off road or experiences some other jarring event, or if the driver unintentionally bumps the key ring or items attached to the key ring with their knee, the key may unintentionally move away from the “run” position. If this occurs, engine power, power steering and power braking maybe affected, increasing the risk of a crash. The timing of the key movement out of the “run” position, relative to the activation of the sensing algorithm of the crash event, may result in the airbags not deploying, increasing the potential for occupant injury in certain kinds of crashes."
The order also suggests customers remove items from key rings, including the key fob, and adjust seats and steering columns so there is proper clearance between the knee and the ignition key.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration continues to investigate GM vehicle recalls, which have spanned a total of more than 25 million vehicles.
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