The “Fix” for the Camaro Recall: Regular Keys Instead of Switchblade

As we reported previously, every 5th Gen Camaro ever made has been recalled due to the possibility of shutting off the ignition by bumping the key fob with your knee, either accidentally or on purpose. While we aren’t aware of any deaths or injuries related to this “defect,” the possibility of engine power loss, no power steering, and deactivated airbags means it should be taken seriously.

Other GM ignition-related recalls have proven to be a bit of a logistical nightmare, with parts backordered for weeks delaying customer fixes, but for the Camaro, it seems the solution is simple: stop using the “switchblade” key that retracts into the remote fob, and use a conventional key instead. Since key blanks are a lot easier to produce than ignition locks (the point of failure in the main GM ignition recall), the Camaro fix should be quick and easy.

In this YouTube video, dealership employee Mike Polite shows how new Camaro keys and fobs are being shipped, with the “switchblade” mechanism still part of the fob but with no key attached. Mike, who brands himself as “Mr. Polite – YBTG” (Your Bow Tie Guy) has a bunch of different videos on his YouTube channel, and seems like a dealership guy we might actually like… Since he works out of a dealership local to yours truly, maybe we’ll have to pay him a visit someday!

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Paul Huizenga

After some close calls on the street in his late teens and early twenties, Paul Huizenga discovered organized drag racing and never looked back, becoming a SFI-Certified tech inspector and avid bracket racer. Formerly the editor of OverRev and Race Pages magazines, Huizenga set out on his own in 2009 to become a freelance writer and editor.
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