These 10 Points Explain What Consumers Need to Know about the GM Recall
So much information is out there about the GM ignition recall right now, owners of these vehicles may not know where to begin to sift through the information. Here is a list of key items to help you understand just what is going on and what you as an owner of one of these vehicles should do about it.
Is my vehicle involved?
The basic question owners need to know is whether or not their vehicle is included in the recall. According to GM, the vehicles involved are the following: All 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5; 2003-2007 Saturn Ion; 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR; 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit (Canada); 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice; and 2007 Saturn Sky vehicles are involved in the recall.
Will I get a notification?
GM says the current owner information from your state vehicle registration will be used to mail out customer communication for the recall. However, if you are driving one of the cars listed in the recall, or if for some reason you are not sure if your car is involved, contact your GM dealer with any questions.
Why is my car being recalled?
GM says there is a risk, under certain conditions, that your ignition switch may move out of the “run” position, resulting in a partial loss of electrical power and turning off the engine. This risk increases if your key ring is carrying added weight (such as more keys or the key fob) or your vehicle experiences rough road conditions or other jarring or impact related events. If the ignition switch 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 or fatality.
Because of the risk involved with added weight on the key ring, GM has stressed that until the recall repairs have been performed, it is very important that you remove all items from your key ring, leaving only the vehicle key. The key fob (if applicable), should also be removed from your key ring.
If my car is on the recall list, what do I do?
When GM notifies you that parts are available, you should contact your GM dealer to arrange a service appointment. Again, GM is stressing that it is very important that you remove all items from your key ring, leaving only the vehicle key. The key fob (if applicable) should also be removed from your key ring.
What is GM doing about this problem?
According to GM, they are taking the steps necessary to get parts. They have stated:
We are working as quickly as possible to obtain parts, and expect to have parts beginning in April of this year. We will contact affected customers as soon as parts are available so that they can schedule an appointment with their dealer to have their vehicle repaired. This service will be performed at no charge.
When are the parts expected to be available?