The Problem: Too much weight on an affected vehicle's key ring and poor-quality ignition switches is the culprit for this recall. If there's too much weight on the key ring, or if the car hits a rough patch of road, the ignition could inadvertently be turned off, resulting in a loss of power. If the vehicle is still in motion, this could cause a crash – and because the vehicle is off, the airbags may not deploy. According to GM, the ignition switch issue could be behind 31 crashes, with 13 front-seat fatalities.
The Fix: In addition to
notifying all affected customers of the recall by mail, GM will be
reaching out through its customer care centers and social media channels
to notify customers affected by the expanded recall. Owners of affected
vehicles will have their ignition switches replaced free-of-charge by
GM dealers. GM says it and its dealers will work with customers on an
individual and case-by-case basis to minimize any inconvenience
associated with the recall. Owners of affected vehicles should only use
the ignition key without a key ring until the recall has been performed.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected:
GM says 619,122 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and 2007 Pontiac G5s are
affected by this recall. In addition, the 2003-2007 Saturn Ion,
2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR, and 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky
are affected by this recall. In total, GM is recalling 1,367,146