Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is one of 11 state attorneys general investigating the recall of General Motors’ ignition-switches.
Since the beginning of the year, GM recalled 2.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars. Yesterday, the company expanded that recall to include seven more GM vehicles.
So far this month, General Motors recalled almost 4 million cars to repair and replace the ignition switches.
“The Attorney General’s Office holds a division called the Consumer Protection Division,” Zoeller’s spokesperson Jamie Barb said in a statement. “The division protects consumers from fraud and deceptive trade practices. This makes it the Attorney General’s responsibility to investigate illegal business practices.”
The problem is caused by ignition switches that move out of the position because of extra weight on key rings or jarring road events such as striking a pothole or crossing railroad tracks. This issue can stop power steering and braking and block the air bags from deploying in a crash.
GM spokesperson Jim Cain says company officials are seeking to fix the issue to improve public safety.
“We are gearing up to execute this recall. This is all happening in real-time that was just announced the other day. We have work ahead of us. We would hope to be able to start contacting customers very quickly, though. Since, it’s fairly straight-forward fix,” Cain says.
Since the February Cobalt recall, only 7 percent of Cobalt drivers submitted their vehicle for repair.