The NHTSA is investigating why it took General Motors several years to recall 1.6 million vehicles with faulty ignition switches, a problem they knew about before the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 went on sale.
Opel announced Thursday it was recalling 2,300 Opel GTs sold in Europe and Russia for a defect in the ignition switches. A spokesperson told Auto News that no accidents or injuries have been linked to the defect in the Opel GT.
The Opel GT joins the list of affected vehicles, including the 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5, 2003-2007 Saturn Ion, 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR, 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice and the 2007 Saturn Sky.
The NHTSA launched an investigation into the situation Wednesday. GM could face a fine of up to $35 million if the safety agency concludes the automaker didn’t issue a recall when it had knowledge the cars were defective.
General Motors North America president, Alan Batey, apologized for the recall Wednesday and assured owners they are working to remedy the problem as quickly as possible.
“Ensuring our customers’ safety is our first order of business,” Batey said in a statement. “We are deeply sorry and we are working to address this issue as quickly as we can.”