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

Published on February 14, 2014
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)