General Motors recalled every 5th generation Chevrolet Camaro ever built last month due to a faulty ignition switch which may allow the key to be knocked loose if it is bumped by the driver’s knee. Fixes for GM’s other ignition switch recalls, including the one which plagued Chevrolet Cobalts, Saturn Ions and other small cars, have so far proved to be complicated with backordered parts and a prolonged repair schedule. However the fix for the Camaro is simple and easy, if a YouTube video dug up by LSXTV is any indication.
In the video, Bob Stall Chevrolet employee Mike Polite shows the Camaro’s ‘switchblade’ key with the key element removed and attached to a normal fixed key. This will reduce the chances of the key from being bumped loose and because it’s easier to produce keys than it is entire ignition switches and ignition cylinders, Camaro owners should be able to have their car fixed in a reasonable amount of time.
Polite says the fix won’t stop the key from being bumped out of the ignition switch completely, but will reduce the chances of drivers hitting the key with their knee as the conventional key is smaller than the ‘switchblade’ style fob.