Detroit, MI, United States (4E) – General Motors Co. announced Thursday it is recalling 778,562 2005-07 Chevrolet Cobalt and 2007 Pontiac G5 vehicles in the U.S., Canada and Mexico to replace their faulty ignition switches.
Of the number, 619,122 vehicles are in the U.S., 153,310 are in Canada and 6,130 are in Mexico.
The recall was prompted by 22 deadly accidents in the U.S. attributable to the switch mechanism being pulled out of the “run” position into “accessory” or “off” by heavy key rings. In such case, the engine turns off and the cars stall or electrical components are turned off preventing airbags from deploying according to GM.
Heavy key rings on the ignition switches also make stalled cars harder to steer or stop because power steering and power brake get shut off.
GM said the switches may not have met its specifications when they were installed in the cars. Dealers will replace the ignition switch to remedy the problem, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Pending replacement of the faulty ignition switches, GM urges owners to take non-essential items off of their key ring.