The recall of 778,562 Chevrolet and Pontiac vehicles due to a faulty ignition switch grew on Tuesday as GM increased the number of affected vehicles in the U.S. to 1.37 million. GM says it now knows of more than 13 deaths and 31 accidents that may have been caused by the problem.
The problem: the ignition switch causes the vehicle’s key to unintentionally move into either the accessory or off positions. Rapid, jarring movements or a heavy key chain could cause the key to wiggle out of place, shutting off power to the car and disabling the airbags.
Affected vehicles: initially, the recall only involved the Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5, but has since been extended to four more vehicles:
- 2003-2007 Saturn Ion and Chevrolet HHR
- 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5
- 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky
Number of vehicles potentially affected: 1.37 million (a larger recall has not been ruled out).
The fix: Chevrolet dealers will replace the faulty ignition switches, including for Pontiac and Saturn models. Owners have been advised to drive the car using only a single key in the ignition, and to remove any unnecessary key rings or key chains from the key while driving.
Contacts: GM will notify owners by mail if their vehicle is part of the recall. The automaker also suggested to contact a local dealer. Owners can also follow this link to use a vehicle’s VIN to search for recall notices.