GM Recall on Ignition Switches

CBS News has been reporting on the up-to-date events surrounding the latest recall from General Motors. So far, faulty ignition switches are being linked to at least 12 deaths, and who knows how many injuries. More than 1.6 million automobiles have been recalled due to these defective ignition switches. As it turns out these ignition switches can unintentionally switch into the ‘off’ or ‘accessories’ position while a driver is behind the wheel. If this happens, the car’s engine or electrical systems can shut off suddenly and without warning, putting the driver and passenger occupants into dangerous or deadly situations.

Recalled GM Vehicles

• 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5, and Pontiac Pursuit
• 2003-2007 Saturn Ion
• 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR
• 2005-2007 Pontiac Solstice
• 2007 Saturn Sky

This isn’t the only recall that GM has conducted recently. There have been a variety of other vehicles recalled for a number of reasons including faulty airbag deployment. Listed below are other automobiles currently being recalled by General Motors.

GM Automobiles Being Recalled for Other Reasons

• 2009- 2014 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana with gross vehicle weight under 10,000 lbs
• 2013-2014 Cadillac XTS full-size sedan
• 2008-2013 Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia
• 2009- 2013 Chevrolet Traverse
• 2008-2010 Saturn Outlook

NHTSA: Consumer Alert

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has already issued a consumer alert about these faulty ignition switches. Drivers are encouraged to check for recalled items on their other vehicles too. Additionally, if you need to file a complaint about a potential safety issue, you can do so at the NHTSA website. The NHTSA records complaints and researches trends on issues that may become recalls in the future.

What if Your Car is on the Recall List?

First, you should contact GM, if they haven’t already contacted you. Follow their instructions, and try to get your car into the service center for repair as soon as possible. GM is currently advising drivers of these cars to use only one single ignition key to start and drive the automobile. The added weight of a key ring and additional keys and key chains can make this unsafe situation even more dangerous. Additionally, they’re also advising car owners to get their cars fixed as soon as parts become available.

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