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GM Pontiac G5 Recall

GM Recalls 2007-2010 Pontiac G5s

General Motors has announced nationwide recall all 2007-2010 Pontiac G5s due a manufacturing flaw that could result in the vehicles losing engine power, even when being driven.

In the recall release, GM states that the loss of power can result in the loss of multiple safety features, including anti-lock brakes and power steering, and has been linked to airbag failures.

ABOUT THE PONTIAC G5 RECALL

  • The recall for the vehicles was announced on February 13, 2014 alongside a recall for 589,223 Chevy Cobalts. On February 26, the recall was extended to cover five addition models bringing the total number of vehicles affected to 1.6 million.
  • The recall was expanded again on March 28 to cover an additional 971,000 vehicles.
  • GM warns consumers that certain jarring events, like a heavy key ring or bumpy roads, can result in the vehicles’ ignition switches shifting from the “run” position to the “accessory” or “off” positions, cutting power from the engine.
  • GM has reported that 13 deaths and 54 collisions have already been attributed to the overall recall.
  •  The Center for Auto Safety, however, alleges the death toll is much higher, linking 303 deaths to airbag failures in two of the recalled models.
GM DELAYS IGNITION RECALL
  • General Motors is struggling to maintain a positive image as the company faces allegations of withholding information and actively delaying the recall.
  • According to court documents, GM was notified of problems with the ignition switch in 2001, well before any of the recalled vehicles hit the production line, but did not address the issue.
  • GM was confronted with the issue again in 2004, when a GM engineer experienced the problem first-hand while test driving a 2005 Chevy Cobalt. Plans to fix the issue were scrapped.
  • GM blames poor communication for the lack of action and claims it did not try to deceive buyers; however, in 2005 the automaker sent inserts to dealers advising of the problem with the instructions that the inserts should only be distributed to customers who had already experienced or knew of the issue.
  • General Motors is now facing investigations by  the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. Department of Justice and the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
OTHER VEHICLES AFFECTED BY THE GM RECALL

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