Early Thursday morning, General Motors Corp. announced that they would be recalling approximately 778,562 older-model Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 cars in North America. According to reports, a faulty ignition switch could cause the engine and other components, specifically the airbags, to be unintentionally turned off.
Vehicle models between 2005 and 2007 are affected and certain elements such as road conditions or the weight of a key ring can cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position.
According to the Chicago Tribune, General Motors (GM) was aware of five frontal-impact crashes and six front-seat fatalities in car accidents where the front airbags did not deploy. A spokesman said that the probability of serious or fatal injuries was high as the crashes occurred off-road and at high speeds.
However, GM was also aware of 17 other crashes involving some type of frontal impact where the airbags did not deploy and victims suffered nonfatal injuries. Until repairs are made, GM is advising owners to remove non-essential items from their key rings.
According to the automaker, the ignition switch torque performance may not meet company specifications. Dealers will replace the ignition switch at no charge although a date for notifying vehicles owners affected has not been set.
This is the second recall affecting Chevrolet Cobalts and G5s. In 2010, approximately 1.3 million of these models manufactured between 2005 and 2010 were recalled after it was found that the power assist motor could fail and thus lead to a loss of steering assist. Loss of steering can make it difficult to maneuver at low speeds.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a Chevy Cobalt or Pontiac G5, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our auto accident lawyers at (866) 947-7449 to determine what your legal rights are.