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Huge Fail for GM

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On: Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 11:40AM | By: Karen Cook

Huge Fail for GM

It disturbs me that I write so many articles on recalls, but here’s another one for you.

General Motors is recalling 778,000 2005-2007 model year Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s due to faulty ignition switches which cause the engine to shut off while the car is being driven and the airbags to fail. So far six deaths have been caused by this defect and almost 20 other crashes have been reported which stemmed from this problem.

The root cause is that the ignition can be affected by key rings, which are too heavy generally, in combination with a “jarring event” such as hitting a bump in the road or using the vehicle off-road. The bouncing key ring causes the ignition to fail, shutting down the engine. GM recommends that until you can see a mechanic to replace the ignition switch you should “remove non-essential items” from your key ring.

GM stated that there were other factors that affected the safety of vehicle occupants in some of the reported crashes, such as alcohol and failure to use safety restraints. All the crashes involved head-on collisions off-road at high speeds; the air bags did not deploy, even in those with non-fatal injuries.

The recall, which began on February 10th, will affect 619,122 vehicles in the United States, 153,310 in Canada, and 6,130 in Mexico. You should receive a notice by mail soon, if you haven’t already, and the repairs will be performed free of charge. If you have questions you may contact Chevy at 1-800-222-1020 or Pontiacat 1-800-762-2737. The recall number is 13454.

In the meantime, take that digital picture frame and all those novelty chotchkies off your key ring! It may save your life.

Report Receipt Date: FEB 10, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V047000

Manufacturer: General Motors LLC

General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, and 2007 Pontiac G5 vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the weight on the key ring and/or road conditions or some other jarring event may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position, turning off the engine.

If the key is not in the run position, the air bags may not deploy if the vehicle is involved in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ignition switch, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 or Pontiac at 1-800-762-2737. GM's number for this recall is 13454.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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