Nearly 780,000 cars are recalled by General Motors (GM) because its faulty ignition switch spontaneously shuts off the engines and the reason for crashes. The death of six people have been attributed to 22 crashes linked to the problem that happened during 2005 up to 2007 involving Chevrolet Cobalts and in 2007 involving Pontiac G5s. The report was released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
It appeared that the car is very sensitive as any jarring like that of the heavy key ring can (1) stimulate the ignition to switch out of the run position; (2) cut off electrical power; and (3) cause the loss of power-steering assist & power-assisted brakes. If a crash happens without power, the front airbags will not deploy.
The six deaths attributed to car defect happened after five front-end, high-speed crashes. In each crash, the ignition switch just moved out of its run position shutting off the engine and power.
According to their records, more than 619,000 of the recalled cars were sold in the United States; about 153,000 were marketed in Canada, and about 6,000 units sold in Mexico, GM said only about 33,000 recalled cars are Cobalts but since the Pontiac G5 and Cobalt are almost identical; then it is also recalled.
GM is instructing car owners to remove all nonessential items from key rings.
Around 800,000 of Pontiac G5 and Chevrolet Cobalt compact cars were recalled by General Motors Co. to settle a defect that prevented the deployment of airbags in a mishap. GMC is sad to report that 22 of such accidents occurred, including five which killed six people.
GM reported that each of those crashes happened under extraordinary circumstances in which the cars were being driven across dirt and rough terrain.? Neither of the models mentioned were designed to be off-road vehicles.
All crashes occurred off-road and the vehicle was traveling at high speeds, where the probability of serious or fatal injuries was high regardless of airbag deployment. Another factor was failure of people inside to wear seat belts and in some cases alcohol was a factor.
The recall involved about 619,122 units of Cobalts and G5 cars that were sold in the U.S. of the 2005-2007 models. The remainder units were sold in Canada and Mexico.
A key ignition switch incorrectly manufactured seemed to be the cause of the problem..
GM explained that the unusually heavy key ring loaded with other accessories pull the key or switched off position every time the vehicle hits a big bulge.? The result turns off the engine including other electrical components and features like the airbags, power-assisted brakes and power steering.
To fix the problem, GM instructed dealers to replace the switch of the ignition. Meanwhile, drivers are cautioned to use the key alone to run the car.
Production of both cars was discontinued years ago.
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Source: LA Times