Officially, it isn’t a recall, just a technical service bulletin.
Whatever General Motors (GM) is calling the announcement, dealers have been advised to replace the keys on 2014 and 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra models, as well as several other large vehicles. That development may herald a wider shift in the auto industry to cars that no longer rely on keys.
Some owners have complained that when they shift gears, they can knock the key out of position-bringing to mind this year’s recall of GM vehicles with defective ignition switches.
That recall, as well as several others in the auto industry in recent years, is adding momentum to a broad industry shift away from conventional ignition switches.
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“Eventually, the key will go away,” said Dave Sullivan, manager of product analysis at AutoPacific. Sullivan said he expects only a handful of models-mostly base-level trucks-will continue to use conventional ignition systems.
That view has been echoed by automotive firm Edmunds.com. Its research found that some form of push-button switch was available-either as a standard feature or an option-on 72 percent of the cars and trucks sold in the U.S. during the 2014 model year.