Chevrolet Cobalt Ignition/Airbag Recall Isnt as Deadly as Some Suggest
First and foremost, some information on this new General Motors ignition switch recall. This recall affects 778,562 small cars including the Chevrolet Cobalt from the 2005, 2006 and 2007 model years and the 2007 Pontiac G5 (which is nothing more than a rebadged Cobalt). It seems as though the ignition switch in these cars could slip from the run position while being driven and when that happens; the engine could stall and the airbags could be deactivated. In a worst case scenario, the engine could stall and when it stalls, the driver could lose both power brake and power steering assistance. The driver would still be able to steer and use the brakes, but the effectiveness of both systems is diminished when the engine stops running. A combination of a loss of power steering, power brakes and engine power could lead to an accident – which could be more dangerous than usual if the airbag system has also been shut down by the faulty ignition.
General Motors believes that the faulty ignition switch could leave the run position due to a variety of factors with the most common being an especially rough road, a hard, jarring bump or excess weight hanging on the ignition key. In other words, if you spend lots of time driving your 2005-2007 Chevy Cobalt / 2007 Pontiac G5 on a rough dirt road or if you are one of those drivers who have a ton of crap hanging on your key chain – you are more likely to experience this problem.