Recall Alert: 824,000 GM Vehicles

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Affected Vehicles: About 824,000 model-year 2008-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt subcompact cars and 2008-2011 HHR wagons; 2008-2010 Pontiac Solstice sports cars and G5 subcompacts; and 2008-2010 Saturn Sky sports cars.

The Problem: In this voluntary expansion of the ignition-switch recall already involving 1.6 million vehicles, faulty switches may have been used to repair the latest crop of affected vehicles. According to the automaker, if torque performance is not to GM specification, the ignition switch may unintentionally move from the Run position to the Accessory or Off positions, leading to a loss of power and, as a result, systems such as power steering, antilock brakes and airbags. The risk may be increased if the driver's key ring is carrying added weight, or if the vehicle goes off-road or experiences some jarring event. About 95,000 faulty switches were sold to dealers in the aftermarket and about 90,000 were used in repairs, GM stated, noting that no deaths or injuries have been associated with this new group of recalled vehicles.

"Although the cars were all built with an ignition switch that has had no problems, they might have been repaired with faulty switches left in the parts bins at dealerships and auto shops," GM spokesman Jim Cain told the Los Angeles Times.

The Fix: Owners who may have had a suspect part installed will be notified by GM the week of April 21 via a letter, and dealers will replace the ignition switch for free as parts become available; dealers, distributors and other parts customers will be notified March 31. Customers who paid to have their ignition switches replaced will be eligible for reimbursement. To help prevent an inadvertent shift in the switch, GM has asked owners to use only a key without a keychain while driving the vehicles.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chevrolet at 800-222-1020, Pontiac at 800-762-2737 and Saturn at 800-553-6000, or go to www.gmignitionupdate.com, for more info.

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Comments 

FlanKitty

490,000 full-size trucks and SUVs, along with 172,000 Cruze compacts added to the recall list.

Are we there yet? :|

Steve

GM is going to need some major PR propping to plug all these holes. I know recalls are for a good reason, but this is getting to be too much. Maybe they could spend (alot )more money on R&D so they can have fewer, less costly recalls. If I was looking to buy a new vehicle from GM right now, what would be the best model to roll the dice on? I would seriously consider a Honda at the moment.

wain

As long as there are those willing to take a change and continue to buy and drive GM products, GM is going to be just fine. As they say: there's one born every minute.

raymond cook

past experiance you drop your car off for the repair they fix it then it comes back with 2 problems it never had before there responce not there problem but for 80 per hr they will take a look and see if it could be related to what they have done NO THANKS BALIASE CHEVY ILL TAKE MY CHANCES

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