GM Starts Shipping Revised Ignition Switches To Dealers

The Detroit auto giant announced today that the first few thousands of kits containing redesigned ignition switches are currently being transported to General Motors dealerships Stateside.
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About 1.4 million owners of 2003-2007 models included in the recall operation were mailed last week by the company, telling them to contact a nearby GM dealer to make an appointment for the much-needed repair job.

The recent faulty ignition switch fiasco also includes 2008-2011 model year cars. General Motors announced the owners will be notified in early May in order to confirm their inclusion in the recall.

No less than 4,300 dealer service departments will be replacing ignition switches that failed or may fail to meet GM’s torque specification. The ignition switch may unintentionally move from the “run” position to the “accessory” or “off” position with a corresponding reduction or loss of power.

Dealers will also replace ignition cylinders that can allow removal of the ignition key while the engine is running, which can lead to possible rollaways, crashes and occupant or pedestrian injuries.

The recall operation covers the following vehicles:

• 2003-2007 Saturn Ion
• 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
• 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice
• 2007-2010 Pontiac G5
• 2007-2010 Saturn Sky
• 2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR

Until repairs are made, General Motors advises affected owners that it's very important to remove all items from their key rings, including the key fob, leaving only the vehicle key.

The American company also says that owners of manual transmission vehicles should be sure the ignition is in the “Off” position and set to reverse gear with the parking brake engaged before removing the key. Owners of vehicles with automatic transmission should be sure the vehicle is in “Park” before removing the key.

Unfortunately, some of the affected vehicles are not expected to undergo servicing until late in the year.
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