General Motors has announced it will recall every Chevrolet Cobalt, Chevrolet HHR, Pontiac G5, Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Ion and Saturn Sky as the investigation into the recall of faulty ignition switches in its cars continues. Prior to the announcement, 1.6 million vehicles manufactured between 2003 and 2007 were involved, but it has since been extended to 824,000 more vehicles in the U.S. The additional vehicles were built from 2008-11.
The problem: Just as before, the ignition switch causes the vehicle’s key to unintentionally move into either the accessory or off positions, shutting off the cars power. This latest recall is due to a Technical Service Bulletin GM issued for the faulty ignition, which told mechanics to install an insert for the key ring that prevents the key from moving around. Unfortunately, that part had the same part number as the current ignition switch part, so GM has no way of telling which cars got the fix and which didn’t. Now, they must recall every single car to prevent further mishaps down the road.
Affected vehicles: The affected vehicles now include all model years of the Chevrolet Cobalt, Chevy HHR, Pontiac G5, Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Ion and Saturn Sky.
Number of vehicles potentially affected: With this latest round of recalls, the number of vehicles affected has grown to 2,591,665 cars, according to Reuters data.
The fix: GM says those owners who may have had a suspect part installed will receive a notification letter the week of April 21. GM dealers will replace their ignition switch free of charge as the parts become available. Customers who paid to have their ignition switches replaced will be eligible for reimbursement. In the meantime, GM has consistently urged customers to remove all items, including the key fob, from their key rings leaving only the vehicle key.
Contacts: GM will notify owners by mail if their vehicle may have received a suspect part. Information updates on the ignition switch recall, including parts availability and recall timing, is available at this link.