GM Recalls 600,000 Vehicles, Including 2005-'07 Chevrolet Cobalt, 2007 Pontiac G5


  • 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Picture

    2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Picture

    General Motors is recalling 619,122 2005-'07 Chevrolet Cobalt and 2007 Pontiac G5 cars in the U.S. to replace ignition switches that may malfunction and turn off the engine. | February 13, 2014

Just the Facts:
  • General Motors is recalling 619,122 2005-'07 Chevrolet Cobalt and 2007 Pontiac G5 cars in the U.S. to replace ignition switches that may malfunction and turn off the engine.
  • GM told Edmunds it is aware of five frontal impact crashes and six front-seat fatalities in crashes where the front airbags did not deploy.
  • GM said heavy key rings could cause the switch to be moved out of position and is advising customers to "remove non-essential items from their key ring."

WASHINGTON — General Motors is recalling 619,122 2005-'07 Chevrolet Cobalt and 2007 Pontiac G5 cars in the U.S. to replace ignition switches that may malfunction and turn off the engine, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"In the affected vehicles, the weight of the key ring and/or road conditions may cause the ignition switch to move out of the 'run' position, turning off the engine," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "The unexpected stall increases the risk of a crash.

"Furthermore, if the key is not in the 'run' position, the airbags may not deploy if the vehicle is involved in a crash, increasing the risk of injury."

The switches were not tightened properly at the factory.

GM said heavy key rings could cause the switch to be moved out of position and is advising customers to "remove non-essential items from their key ring."

GM told Edmunds it is aware of five frontal impact crashes and six front-seat fatalities in crashes where the front airbags did not deploy.

"All of these crashes occurred off road and at high speeds, where the probability of serious or fatal injuries was high regardless of airbag deployment," the GM statement said. "In addition, failure to wear seatbelts and alcohol use were factors in some of these cases."

GM is also aware of 17 other crashes involving some type of frontal impact and non-fatal injuries where airbags did not deploy.

GM dealers will replace the ignition switch in the affected vehicles. GM has not set a date for the recall. Owners can contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 or Pontiac at 1-800-762-2737.

Edmunds says: Dealers are waiting for parts in this recall, so customers will have to wait until they receive formal notification to schedule the repair. But if you are having problems with your car in the meantime, take it into the dealership immediately.

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