Last week, the NHTSA was notified by General Motors that certain vehicles will be recalled due to a defective ignition switch. This defect can potentially interfere with the airbag’s systems ability to safely operate. Owners should seek repairs as soon as they receive final notification from GM.
In the meantime, General Motors strongly urges not to use the ignition key with anything else on the key ring. Reason being is that added weight can potentially slip the key from the “run” position and interfere with the sensing algorithm in the event of a crash which may result in the airbags not deploying.
There have been complaints of keys coming out of ignitions, which could possibly result in a rollaway. To correct this issue, GM will be adding ignition lock cylinders to the recalls. If you have a manual transmission, GM suggests setting the parking brake while in reverse gear before and making sure the ignition is in the “off” position before removing the key. For automatic transmission, owners should ensure the vehicle is in “park” prior to remove the key from the ignition.
GM plans to replace the ignition locks and reprogram new keys if necessary. The recall is effective for the following models:
- 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice
- 2007-2010 Pontiac G5
- 2003-2007 Saturn Ion
- 2007-2010 Saturn Sky
- 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
- 2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR