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General Motors Recall Defective Vehicles

General Motors has issued a recall that has been linked with multiple deaths. GM announced on February 10, 2014 that they are recalling certain model year 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, and 2007 Pontiac G5 vehicles. Two weeks later, GM increased the recall to include an additional 748,024 model year 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR and Pontiac Solstice vehicles and 2003-2007 Saturn Ion vehicles and 2007 Saturn Sky vehicles. In these models, the weight on the key ring and/or road conditions or some other jarring event may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position, turning off the engine.If the key is not in the run position, the air bags may not deploy if the vehicle is involved in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ignition switch, free of charge. An interim notification was issued to owners on March 10, 2014, informing them of the safety defect, and that they would receive another letter once parts are available. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020, Pontiac at 1-800-762-2737 or Saturn at 1-800-553-6000. GM's number for the initial recall is 13454 and 14063 for the expansion. Note: Until the recall repairs have been performed, it is very important that customers remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the vehicle key. The key fob (if applicable), should also be removed from the key ring.NOTES:Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to

Did General Motors Ignore Faulty Ignition-switch?

When did General Motors discover the problem with their 2005 ignition- switch design? At this time it is unclear how many deaths occurred as a result of this faulty design but documents show they may have known before the 2005 Cobalt was released. Four years ago a Georgia nurse died after her 2005 Cobalt ignition-switch failed.  The company reportedly believed a driver could safely coast off the road after a stall. What about the three teenaged girls that suffered a serious crash in 2006? Engineers had to know some of the drivers would be young inexperienced drivers. GM finally issued a recall after multiple law suits. GM has also issued a notice to Dealers requesting rental vehicles be given to owners concerned about the safety of the vehicles on this recall list while repairs are being made. For a copy of this notice: If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries from the result of a defective product go to our web site for more information: /

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