General Motors is recalling approximately 780,000 of their compact cars due to a faulty ignition switch. The switch can shift off engines without warning, increasing the risk of a crash.
About The General Motors Recall
- According to ABC News, over 619,000 of the cars being recalled were sold in the United States, 153,000 in Canada and approximately 6,000 in Mexico.
- This recall greatly affected North America – 33,000 of the cars recalled were Chevrolet Cobalt vehicles.
- Jarring from rough roads or even a heavy key ring can cause the ignition switch to move, and switch out of the “run” position, cutting off the engine and electrical power.
- When the electrical power shuts off, the NHTSA verified that the airbags may not work if a crash occurs.
- Alan Adler, GM’s spokesperson, says that shutting off the engine and electrical power could also cause the loss of equipment like the power steering assist and power steering-assisted brakes function.
Fatal Accidents Linked to Defective Ignition Switch
- GM reports that 6 people were killed in 5 front-end related crashes linked to the vehicles.
- 22 crashes have been linked to the problem in the Chevy Cobalt vehicless produced from 2005 through 2007, and Pontiac G5 vehicles from 2007.
- The Pontiac G5 is nearly identical to the Chevrolet Cobalt.
- 3 of the fatal crashes were also attributed to alcohol, and in some cases people weren't wearing their seat belts.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Statistics
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that frontal impact crashes involving another vehicle attribute to 32% of fatal crashes in passenger cars
- 13% of fatal crashes are attributed to non-collision accidents in passenger cars
- NHTSA encourages complaints from vehicle owners to aid in defect investigations and safety recalls to safely improve the driving experience.