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GM Recalls 619,122 Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5 Cars for Ignition Issue

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/13/2014 Alex Nishimoto

General Motors has issued a recall to address an ignition switch issue in certain 2005- 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and 2007 Pontiac G5 models, which affects 619,122 vehicles. In some situations, the ignition switch can turn off the engine while driving.

2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Sedan Front View© Provided by MotorTrend 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Sedan Front View

The Problem: If there's too much weight on a key ring or the car is jarred on a rough patch of road, the ignition switch can be moved from the "run" position, turning the engine off. This could cause a crash if the car is still in motion, and in that event the airbags may not deploy because the car is off.

MotorTrend Image GM Recalls 619,122 Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5 Cars for Ignition Issue

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ignition switch free of charge. The automaker hasn't provided a timeline for when notifications will commence, but owners of affected vehicles can call Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 or Pontiac at 1-800-762-2737 using the reference number 13454.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: The recall covers 619,122 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and 2007 Pontiac G5 models.

Source: NHTSA

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