GM Recalling More than 778,000 Vehicles Due to Dangerous Ignition Switch Problem
Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Feb 13, 2014 in Defective Products
General Motors Corp. (GM) announced on Feb. 13 that they would be recalling more than 778,000 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 compact cars to correct a faulty ignition switch that could allow the engine and other components to unintentionally turn off.
According to reports, GM was aware of at least five front-impact car accidents and six-front seat fatalities wherein the airbags did not deploy. A spokesperson claims that the collisions occurred off-road and at high-speeds where the risk serious and fatal injuries was high regardless of airbag deployment. However, 17 other auto accidents involving frontal impact and airbag deployment failure were also reported.
Affected cars include 2005 to 2007 models. Conditions such as a heavy key rings and bad roads could cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position. GM is advising vehicle owners to remove non-essential items from key rings to decrease the risk of ignition switch failure. Of the vehicles affected, more than 619,100 are in the United States while the remainder are in Canada and Mexico.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ignition switch free of charge. No notification schedule has been set yet. Owners may contact Chevrolet or Pontiac and use GMs recall number, 13454, for questions about the recall.
This is the second recall GM has announced for Cobalts and G5s as in 2010 more than 1.3 million of these models were recalled after it was found that the electric power assisted steering could fail and lead to a loss of steering control.
If you or a loved one were involved in an accident while driving a Cobalt or G5 and were seriously injured, you may be entitled to a file a claim. Contact our defective product lawyers today at 1(888)821-0247.