Chevrolet Cobalt Has Long Recall History

2005ChevyCobaltRecall

GM's ignition switch recall this morning brought the Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 to the headlines once more — more than 3½ years after the last Cobalt rolled off GM's Ohio assembly line. Sold in the U.S. for six years, the Cobalt and its G5 twin have had their share of turbulence. We tallied up the recalls so far:

Recall Alert: 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5

It began in November 2004 with a small recall on the new-for-2005 Cobalt due to a headlight shield that could loosen and cause additional glare for oncoming traffic. It affected just 1,378 vehicles.

In January 2007, GM issued its second Cobalt recall, which affected some 100,000 model-year 2005-2006 Cobalt coupes, to upgrade side-impact protection. Dealers installed energy-absorbing plastic in cars with optional side airbags. No injuries were reported, but GM said the existing side-impact protection could put unbelted occupants at risk.

2009PontiacG5Recall

In March 2009, the '09 Cobalt and '09 G5 were two of 10 vehicles GM recalled — 276,729 cars in all — for a malfunctioning clip in the automatic transmission that may allow the car to roll away even when in Park.

Less than eight months later, GM recalled any 2006-2007 Cobalts and '07 G5s sold or registered in five states due to faulty fuel systems that could leak and cause a fire. In March 2010, GM conducted its largest Cobalt/G5 recall to date, which encompassed some 905,000 examples of the 2005-2010 Cobalt and 2007-2009 G5, for a bad power-steering system that could make the car harder to turn at low speeds.

2008ChevyCobaltRecall

Finally, October 2012 saw another fuel-pump recall. The 2007-2009 Cobalt and 2007-2009 G5 were two of five recalled vehicles — totaling 40,859 models - with affected models sold or registered in seven states.

GM spokesman Alan Adler said GM has conducted "seven safety or non-compliance recalls since production began in '04" on the Cobalt, adding that repairs were made more than 80 percent of the time. The latest ignition-related recall would make eight, he said.

Still, we found only seven recalls — including today's — detailed on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website for the Cobalt and G5. If you're shopping for a used one, the 2010 Cobalt has the fewest listed recalls (one), while the 2005-2007 Cobalt and 2007 G5 have the most (four for each model year).

The two nameplates account for 4,503 consumer complaints on NHTSA's website. The agency files complaints related to engine ignition under "electrical systems," which may include other issues. All told, the category accounts for 542 complaints, or 12 percent of the Cobalt/G5 total.

Compared to the Ford Focus — a direct competitor manufactured by a domestic automaker — the Cobalt's numbers are quite high. Over the same six years, NHTSA reports just two recalls for the Focus and 1,038 total complaints.

Chevrolet is one of GM's four current U.S. brands. The automaker included the G5 in four of the Cobalt's seven recalls.

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Comments 

uncommonsense

The power steering recall was for the units manufactured by Denso. Denso is 43% owned by Toyota. GM replaced them with units from another manufacturer.

Alean Thomas-Johnson

I AM AFRAID TO GET BACK IN MY 2006 CHEY COBALT, IT HAS A IGNITION SWITCH RECALL, IT HAS BEEN AT THE DEALER 2 MONTHS NOW, HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET THIS PART IN, i NEED TO KNOW IF GMC CAN HELP ME KEEP THE 2104 FORD FIESTA THAT HAS BEEN RENTED TO ME BY ENTERPRISE, OH COURSE I KNOW I HAVE TO PURCHASE THE CAR, SINCE 14 PERSONS HAVE BEEN KILLED DUE TO THE IGNITION SWITCH PROBLEM, I DO NOT WANT TO BE NUMBER 15

Melissa Jackson

I just got a call from my Chevy dealer for recall on the ignition switch it was suppose to go in shop and be fix on 07/11/2014 now they say received a bulletin and 50 cars where involved and of course one of being mine, I had to contact the gm complaint line to find out why, I was on the phone 30 minutes while she called the dealership they wouldn't tell me anything just I don't know why, now they say due to quality they are double checking the parts, I have had so many issues with this cobalt it has been in out of dealership a dozen times, I had taken out extended warranty on it now it coming with a code PO496 evap canister purge valve and when I fill up with gas I have time getting it started haven't check the code for it still going in shop on 07/11/14, warranty is out now wonder what they will charge to fix it, nightmare on elm street car !!!!!

tpike

Ok they screwed up. I own a 2010 cobalt. Its been a great car dealership is getting part in and has offered a "loaner" in the event of problems. Im just glad its not like Toyotas recall where it decides to accelerate on its own!!!!!

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