Own an HHR, Solstice, Ion or Sky? You're Also Affected by GM's Mega Ignition Recall

GM has announced it is expanding the recall of Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 to 2003-2007 model year vehicles including 2003-2007 Saturn Ions, 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHRs, 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice and 2006-2007 Saturn Sky models.

The carmaker said the cars will be recalled “to correct a condition with the ignition switch that may allow the key to unintentionally move or switch to the ‘accessory’ or ‘off’ position, turning off the engine and most of the electrical components on the vehicle.”

According to GM, the total number of affected vehicles in the U.S., including Cobalt and G5, is 1,367,146. The number of related reported incidents involving frontal crashes is 31 involving 13 front-seat fatalities.

GM said it will notify all affected customers and will replace the ignition switch at no cost to them on an individual, case-by-case basis to minimize inconvenience associated with the recall.

“Ensuring our customers’ safety is our first order of business,” said GM North America President Alan Batey. “We are deeply sorry and we are working to address this issue as quickly as we can,” he added.

The reason for the recall is that the ignition switch torque performance may not meet GM specifications. “If the torque performance is not to specification, and the key ring is carrying added weight or the vehicle goes off road or experiences some other jarring event, the ignition switch may inadvertently be moved out of the ‘run’ position,” GM said in the release. This may result in the airbags not deploying.

Until the problem is solved, GM advises customers to use the ignition key with nothing else on the key ring.

By Dan Mihalascu

PHOTO GALLERY

2006-Chevrolet-HHR2006-Pontiac-Solstice2007-Saturn-Sky2004 Saturn ION Quad Coupe

Tesla Model 3 Owner Puts Honda Civic Si Badges On Electric Sedan

Clearly, this Model 3 owner has a good sense of humor with their little Honda re-badge job.

German Air Taxi Completes First Test Flight Successfully

The Lilium Jet air taxi is powered by 36 electric jet wing engines and will be ready by 2025.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS And Mercedes-AMG GT R Go Toe-To-Toe At The ‘Ring

They might have totally different layouts, but these two are simply magnificent at the Nordschleife.

Lamborghini’s Hardcore Urus Could Be Based On The ST-X Race Car

The more extreme version of the Urus will probably arrive within the next two years.

Mercedes Determined To Reduce Its Portfolio In The U.S. Market

The number of models has become confusing for buyers and a burden for Merc’s logistics.

Facelifted SsangYong Tivoli Bows In Korea With New Turbo Engine

The updated Tivoli has a significantly improved cabin with a digital instrument cluster and a more modern infotainment system.

Ford Cutting 10% Of Global White-Collar Workforce – Around 7,000 People Impacted

2,300 Ford employees will lose their job in the United States alone.

2020 Ford Taurus Facelift Goes Official In China, Sales Begin Later This Year

Remember the Taurus? There’s a new model coming out, but only for China.

2021 Audi RS3 Mule Spotted, Could Have More Than 400 HP

Audi’s upcoming hot hatch is expected to use an upgraded 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine.

Trump Declares Auto And Part Imports National Security Threat, Appears To Seek Quotas

President Trump is seeking to reduce automotive imports from Japan and the European Union.