Small Car Recall
Ignition switches initate recall, but not airbags
Andy Bolig - February 13, 2014 11:16 AM
General Motors will be recalling 778,562 older model Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s to fix an ignition switch problem.
GM says weight from a key ring or jarring road conditions could unintentionally switch the ignition from the run position to off, causing the engine to turn off and/or prevent the airbags to deploy during a crash.
Papers filed describing the issue state, "The unexpected stall increases the risk of a crash. Furthermore, if the key is not in the run position, the air bags may not to deploy if the vehicle is involved in a crash, increasing the risk of injury."
The recall affects 619,122 2005-07 Chevrolet Cobalts and 2007 Pontiac G5 models in the United States, 153,310 cars in Canada and 6,130 in Mexico. GM will notify owners and dealers will replace the ignition switch free of charge. 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.