General Motors has recalled 778,562 older-model Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 compact cars in North America due to a defect that can cause the ignition to accidentally switch off. Reuters is reporting in the 2005-2007 model years of the Cobalt and the 2007 G5, a heavy keyring or jarring road conditions can cause the ignition to shift out of the run position, which will turn off the engine and airbags.
Reuters reported that the defect caused at least five frontal-impact crashes and six front-seat fatalities in crashes where front airbags didn’t deploy. All of those crashes occurred off road and at high speeds. GM also is aware of 17 more crashes involving some type of frontal impact and nonfatal injuries where airbags didn’t deploy, according to the report. While GM doesn’t make either car anymore, dealers will replace the ignition switch at no charge. More is written about this recall in the Products Liability Section of this issue.
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