General Motors recently announced a safety recall for 2.6 million cars due to a faulty ignition switch. The problem seems to happen when there is too much weight on a key ring, or when taking a bumpy road too hard – moving the key out of place in the ignition. This can turn off the engine unexpectedly. GM will reach out to affected customers once replacement parts are available so that the car owner can schedule an appointment to have their vehicle repaired. The service will be performed at no charge at a GM authorized dealership.
Which GM cars are affected?
The cars affected by the recall are:
- 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
- 2005-2010 Pontiac G5
- 2003-2007 Saturn Ion,
- 2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR
- 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice
- 2007-2010 Saturn Sky
What do I do if my car is affected?
If you receive an official letter from GM recalling your vehicle, contact an authorized GM dealer (see link above) in your area for an appointment to have it fixed.
More about recalls
Auto recalls are fairly common and help maintain the performance, safety and resale value of the affected vehicles. However, recent studies suggest that a significant number of recalled cars every year don’t get fixed. CARFAX works with the auto manufacturers to help people easily find out if a specific car is under recall so they can be fixed.
To see if an open (unfixed) recall was reported for your car, use the free CARFAX Recall Check – all you need is the 17-character vehicle identification number (VIN). You also can visit the manufacturer’s website to check for recalls.
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