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GM recalls Cobalts & G5s after 6 die due to ignition switch malfunction

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GM has issued a recall of 780,000 2005-2007 Chevy Cobalts and 2007 Pontiac G5s due to faulty ignition switches that can cut suddenly cut the engines without warning. The problem has been linked to 22 crashes resulting in 6 deaths. The recall involves 619.122 vehicles in the US, 153,310 in Canada and 6,130 registered in Mexico.

According to GM spokesman Alan Adler, “a heavy key ring or jarring from bumpy roads can move the ignition switch out of position causing it to cut power to the engine and electrical power, disabling the power-steering assist and power-assisted brakes.” He also noted that if that happens, “the front airbags may not work in a crash.”

GM dealers will replace the ignition switch at no cost to owners. For more information contact GM customer service at 866 636-2273 Mon.-Sat. 8m-9pm EST, or call the National Highway Traffic Saftey Administration (NHTSA) at 888 327-4236.