GM recalls Chevy Cobalt and Pontiac G5 due to faulty ignition switches

Chevy Cobalt recall
Chevy Cobalt recall

(CNN) — General Motors is recalling about 780-thousand vehicles due to faulty ignition switches that can cause the engine to shut off unexpectedly.

GM says Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G-5 cars made between 2005 to 2007 are being recalled in the U.S., Canada and Mexico to replace the switches.

In addition to turning off the engine unintentionally, the switch defect can also shut off the electrical components in the car that activate the airbags.

GM says there have been 22 crashes where the airbags did not deploy including five crashes that caused six front-seat fatalities.

The car maker says that the switch tends to shut off accidentally when the car is driving off-road or experiencing “some other jarring event.”

Owners may contact Chevrolet at (800) 222-1020 or Pontiac at (800) 762-2737. GM’s number for this recall is 13454.

Owners can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to

NHTSA: Ignition Switch may Turn Off

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