The spring in the ignition switch was the culprit that led to a number of General Motors vehicles stalling, resulting in accidents without the deployment of the air bag. As the repairs have begun to be made earlier this week, General Motors has told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it will also be adding ignition lock cylinders to the safety recall.
There have been complaints that keys could be removed from ignitions even when not set in Park. The automaker notes that “searches of GM and government databases found one rollaway in a parking lot that resulted in a crash and one injury claim.” There have been no fatalities.
In addition to replacing the ignition lock cylinders, General Motors will cut and, if needed, reprogram new keys.
General Motors also announced today that despite the $1.3 billion cost of the recall (up from the $750 million that was announced on March 31st), it expects its first quarter financial results to be in the black. To note, Toyota just finished settling $1.3 billion in settlements stemming from their accelerator pedal recall a few years ago. It’s costing GM the same amount just to replace parts.
The cars covered are:
- 2003-2007 Saturn Ion
- 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
- 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice
- 2007-2010 Pontiac G5
- 2007-2010 Saturn Sky
- 2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR