GM Expands Repairs in Ignition-Switch Recall | Edmunds

GM Expands Repairs in Ignition-Switch Recall


Just the Facts:
  • The repairs to the 2.6 million General Motors cars recalled for defective ignition switches will be more extensive, but are not expected to result in a significant delay for consumers.
  • The automaker will replace the ignition lock cylinders in addition to the ignition switches in the affected cars.
  • "We will begin fixing cars on Friday," wrote Kevin M. Kelly, a GM spokesman, in response to a query. "Where we can, we are shipping ignition cylinders with the ignition switches to make both repairs on one customer visit."

DETROIT The repairs to the 2.6 million General Motors cars recalled for defective ignition switches will be more extensive, but are not expected to result in a significant delay for consumers, GM told Edmunds on Thursday.

"We will begin fixing cars on Friday," wrote Kevin M. Kelly, a GM spokesman, in response to a query. "Where we can, we are shipping ignition cylinders with the ignition switches to make both repairs on one customer visit."

GM will replace the ignition lock cylinders in addition to the ignition switches in the affected cars. It will also replace the keys that have a slot for the key ring with a new design with a tiny hole in the center.

The problem is that the cylinders can "allow the removal of the ignition key while the engine is running, leading to a possible rollaway, crash, and occupant or pedestrian injuries," GM said in a statement.

It added: "GM is aware of several hundred complaints of keys coming out of ignitions. Searches of GM and government databases found one rollaway in a parking lot that resulted in a crash and one injury claim. The same searches turned up no fatalities."

The cars covered in this action are:

2003-'07 Saturn Ion
2005-'10 Chevrolet Cobalt
2006-'10 Pontiac Solstice
2007-'10 Pontiac G5
2007-'10 Saturn Sky
2006-'11 Chevrolet HHR

GM said until recall repairs are made, it is "very important" that customers remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the vehicle key. If there is a key fob, it also should be removed from the key ring.

GM is now advising drivers of the recalled cars with automatic transmissions to shift to "Park" before removing the key. Drivers of affected cars with manual transmissions should be sure the ignition is in the "Off" position and set to reverse gear with the parking brake set before removing the key.

Those cars are part of recalls in February and March for defective ignition switches that could cause airbags to be disabled in a crash. The defective switches have been tied to 13 deaths.

Because of the expanded scope of the recall, GM also announced on Thursday that it expects to take a charge of approximately $1.3 billion in the first quarter, primarily for the cost of recall-related repairs announced in 2014 to date and related courtesy transportation. Dealers are supposed to supply loaner cars to customers affected by the recall, if they request the courtesy transportation.

The amount of the new charge is nearly double an original estimate of $750 million.

Edmunds says: Owners of the recalled GM small cars should be aware that a second repair has been added. They should also follow the automaker's new instructions if they choose to keep driving the cars before they are fixed.

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