General Motors asserts that six persons have been killed in crashes related to the engine problem, and there have been a total of 22 such accidents. GM says that the accidents involved in the situation happened at high rates of speed and were off the road.
The GM recall is for Chevrolet Cobalts as well as Pontiac G5’s from the 2005 through 2007 model years.
The weight of the key ring and rough roads may move the ignition switch out of the ‘run’ position, according to governmental regulators. When this happens, the engine and electricity are cut off. Additionally, in such a circumstance, air bags may not work.
It is advised that the owners of the affected vehicles remove as much as possible from key rings until they can bring their vehicles in to have the ignition switch replaced. The replacement at a dealership is free.
UPDATE: To follow up on the recall, a telephone call was placed to a Chicago-area Chevrolet dealer on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. CT. After calling three times to get through to a voice in the service department without being disconnected by the switchboard operator, a male service consultant at Advantage Chevrolet in Hodgkins, Illinois was spoken to about the recall. When asked which cars were involved, the answer was not directly answered. Instead, the service consultant said that they have nothing on the recall yet - and basically, he only knew as much as appears in this story by saying that there is a problem with the ignition. The service consultant advised that a person should wait for two weeks. He said that if a letter is not received in two weeks, one should call back then.