Consumer Alert: GM Ignition Switch Recall Information 

April 10, 2014: General Motors today announced a  recall of 2,191,014 vehicles covering 2005-07 Chevrolet Cobalt, 2007 Pontiac G5, 2003-07 Saturn Ion, 2006-07 Chevrolet HHR, 2006-07 Pontiac Solstice and 2007 Saturn Sky models.

These vehicles are being recalled because keys can be removed from the ignition switch when the switch is not in the "OFF" position.

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If the key can be removed from the ignition when the ignition is not in the "off" position, the vehicle could roll away: (a) for an automatic transmission, if the transmission is not in the "Park" position; or (b) for a manual transmission, if the parking brake is not engaged and the transmission is not in the "Reverse" position. This potential for rollaway increases the risk for a crash and occupant or pedestrian injuries.

General Motors will notify owners, and for vehicles that were built with the defective ignition cylinder and have not previously had the ignition cylinder replaced with the redesigned part, dealers will replace the ignition cylinder and cut and, if necessary, re-learn two ignition/door keys for each vehicle. For vehicles that were built with the redesigned ignition cylinder or had the ignition cylinder replaced with the redesigned part, dealers will cut and, if necessary, re-learn two ignition/door keys for each vehicle. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Until a vehicle has been remedied, owners and operators are advised that when exiting, to be sure that the vehicle is in "Park," or in the case of a manual transmission, that the vehicle is in the "Reverse" position and the parking brake is engaged.

Consumers can also view the complete public recall file for NHTSA Recall 14V171000.

EARLIER THIS YEAR, GM announced a recall to replace faulty ignition switches that could result in vehicle stalling or the airbag not deploying in the event of a crash. This recall should be addressed immediately by following GM’s recommendation to "use only the ignition key with nothing else on the key ring" and getting the repairs as soon as consumers receive final notification from GM. Owners can also contact GM for information on how to request courtesy transportation.

The vehicles included in the first GM recall include: All 2005-10 Chevrolet Cobalt; 2005-07 Pontiac G5; 2003-07 Saturn Ion; 2006-11 Chevrolet HHR; 2006-10 Pontiac Solstice; 2007-10 Saturn Sky.

Again, until the recall repairs have been performed, it is very important that customers remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the vehicle key. The key fob (if applicable), should also be removed from the key ring.

View GM-supplied documents regarding this recall:

Consumers can also view the complete public recall file for NHTSA Recall 14V047.


>> Go to GM’s site to learn more about the recalls

Consumer Notification of Vehicle Recall

Owners of GM vehicles included in these recalls will receive a notification letter from GM similar to the one below. This letter will include the prominent and distinctive label in red to help owners instantly distinguish this important recall notice from other correspondence.

Official recalls mailing label

NHTSA also offers the following tools to help consumers receive information about this and other recalls:

  • Register Your Cars, Tires and Car Seats: Sign up to receive NHTSA email notifications when the manufacturer files the recall with the federal government. There is no way to locate or notify individual owners of car seats or tires if the product is not registered with the manufacturer or NHTSA.
  • Get Alerts Sent Directly to Your Phone: NHTSA's SaferCar mobile app is available for both Apple devices and Android devices, or RSS feed sends recall information directly and conveniently to Android and iPhone users. It provides information on crash test ratings and child seat installation locations.
  • Check for Open Recalls on Used Cars: Verify with the previous owner or dealer whether or not a used car has been fixed. NHTSA's premier website, www.safercar.gov, provides a general search tool to help consumers identify recalls that may affect their vehicle. Later this year, VIN look-up will be available on the site when a new NHTSA mandate goes into effect making it easier for consumers to access this information.
  • Follow NHTSA on Social Media: NHTSA posts recalls and other vehicle safety related information on Facebook and Twitter.