GM Expands Ignition Switch Recall to other Pontiac, Chevy & Saturn models

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Earlier this month, General Motors decided to recall more than 600,000 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 cars built for the 2005-2007 model years to fix a faulty ignition switch.
Today, the Detroit-based manufacturer has announced that the recall will be expanded to include other the 2003-2007 Saturn Ion, 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR, 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice and the 2006-2007 Saturn Sky. GM estimates that the number of affected vehicles now totals 1,367,146.

The issue with these cars is that jarring caused by the key ring or rough road conditions may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position, turning the engine off. Additionally, if the key is not in the run position, the air bags may not deploy in the event of a crash. GM will notify all affected customers and fix the vehicles free of charge.

“Ensuring our customers’ safety is our first order of business. We are deeply sorry and we are working to address this issue as quickly as we can,” said GM North America president Alan Batey.

“The chronology shows that the process employed to examine this phenomenon was not as robust as it should have been,” Batey admitted. “Today’s GM is committed to doing business differently and better. We will take an unflinching look at what happened and apply lessons learned here to improve going forward.”
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