GM recalling more than 150,000 Cobalt, Pontiac G5 cars in Canada

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GM is recalling more than 150,000 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 sedans in Canada after six deaths were linked to faulty ignition switches that may have caused the car engines and air bags to switch off.

GM is recalling more than 150,000 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 sedans in Canada after six deaths were linked to faulty ignition switches that may have caused the car engines and air bags to switch off.

The fatal crashes occurred off-road and at high speeds, a GM spokesman, Alan Adler said in an e-mailed statement Thursday. Airbags didn’t deploy, and the company has concluded that heavy key rings or jarring events may impede the sensors that activate the safety devices in a crash.

The recall also covers a total of 619,122 cars in the U.S. and 6,130 in Mexico.

Failure to wear seat belts and alcohol use were factors in some of the crashes, Adler said. The Detroit-based company is aware of 17 other crashes involving frontal impact and non-fatal injuries in which air bags didn’t deploy, he said.

The recall covers Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 sedans from the 2005 to 2007 model years.

GM said the switch could be affected by too-heavy key rings, causing engines and most electrical components to turn off.

Dealers will replace ignition switches on affected cars, GM said in a company statement.

“Until this correction is performed, customers should remove non-essential items from their key ring,” the company said.

 

(Postmedia)

 

Geographic location: Canada, U.S., Mexico

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  • murray clark
    October 30, 2014 - 14:03

    had ignition switch replaced a month ago,but air bag light is still on,2007 Pontiac sedan g5,canada

  • Philip Bettle
    February 18, 2014 - 18:09

    As a mechanic I see key rings that have everything imaginable hanging from it,what the owner doesn't realize is the damage caused to the ignition switch by the keys constantly swaying to the motion of the car.These tumblers are fairly soft and easily worn over time.Keep your key ring clear of excess items and you will probably have no problems in the future..If you must keep your vehicles keys with every other key you own then have a quick connect so you can use them by themselves in the ignition.....This will help stop a whole lot of ignition problems.......thx