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GM recall expands to 1.3 million cars

By Tara Baukus Mello ·
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Posted: 3 pm ET

General Motors has expanded its car recall that was initially announced two weeks ago. The recall was issued because of a problem with the ignition switch that could result in the key shifting to the "off" or "accessory" position while the car is in operation. If this occurs, the engine and many of the electrical components of the car may turn off, resulting in an accident.

The expanded recall now reaches 1,367,146 GM cars in the U.S., including some models of the 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, 2003-2007 Saturn Ion, 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR, 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky as well as some 2007 Pontiac G5 models. With the additional cars being recalled, GM said that the number of reported accidents involving these cars also has grown, with 31 incidents causing or contributing to the non-deployment of the front air bags, resulting in 13 front-seat fatalities.

GM said that the problem is the result of the ignition switch not meeting torque specifications, allowing it to move out of the "run" position due to a heavy key ring, driving off road or "some other jarring event." It advised consumers driving cars affected by the recall to use their ignition key alone, with nothing else on the key ring, until a dealer can complete the recall repair.

Have you had any problems with these car models?

Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.

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June 30, 2014 at 8:54 pm

Michael Myles, I also have a 2008 Saturn Vue. At 78,000 miles my transmission went out suddenly. I had never had issues with it before then. I was just under the 5 year warrant (by one month) when it happened, so Saturn rebuilt it at no cost. Now Im having issues with my ignition.....I have less than 90,000 miles and I have been very disappointed!

thank you, cherry salmon

Mary Ann
June 30, 2014 at 7:33 am

I also own a 2007 Saturn Vue, I am planning to take this to the dealer today. The key will not turn, I have to wiggle the steering wheel and press on the gas to get it to work. My husband has a 97 chevy s-10 he had his replaced last year for the same issue.

June 16, 2014 at 9:28 pm

Andy, I am having the exact same issue with my 2009 Vue. When turning off the car my key is stuck and I can't get it out. I have to play with it, turn the car back on then off or sometime move the sift back to drive and really push it into part. Is this the same type of issue the recall is for? Is the vue going to be added to the recall?

May 26, 2014 at 8:15 pm

We also own a 2007 Saturn Vue and are having problems with the ignition switch. Once the key is it will not turn. It locks the steering wheel and trouble trying to start the SUV. This is very frustrating!!

May 05, 2014 at 10:15 pm

I own a 2007 Saturn Vue and my car is at the mechanic having the ignition switch being replaced. The switch has been locking up on me for a little while now. Switch eventually locked the other day and haven't been able to turn switch at all. Love my Vue! Are the 2007 part of the recall?

March 04, 2014 at 10:54 pm

I HAD a 2010 Chevy HHR that had the same issues. I HAD the car but no longer after 1 1/2 yrs ago it did exactly what the recall is for & shut off in the middle of a turn that ended in an accident, me out of work for 6 months, a concussion, & lacerations on face, chest, & arms. I was told there was nothing I could do about it (can't sue).

Devil Dan
March 04, 2014 at 8:33 pm

Andy, I am an ASE certified tech with Saturn experience. Your problem is more likely the micro switch in the shift mechanism. next time you have the problem try pushing the sift lever further towards park while trying to remove the key. This is often caused by someone trying to force the shift lever out of park without the key on, or with a dead battery or without depressing the brake. Forcing the sift lever bends the linkage causing the shift to make a poor contact with the switch that releases the ignition switch. Usually just some pressure on the shift lever towards Park, is enough to release it. Hope this helps you out.

Michael Myles
March 04, 2014 at 8:06 pm

Good Afternoon,

I have a 2008 Saturn VUE. I have enjoyed my Saturn and I do drive to Washington DC to work. I have always taken my vehicle to Lindsay Chevrolet, LLC for inspections.
Recently, my transmission went out in my car. I never have had any problems with this before. This was a surprize to me. I understand that the Saturn VUE transmission has had problems.
Please e-mail me back.

Thank you,

Michael Myles

March 04, 2014 at 7:37 pm

We own a 2007 Saturn Vue and have a somewhat similar problem. We have replaced the ignition switch three (3) times so far. We could not remove the key from the ignition switch and had to both replace the switch and the keys to try to solve the problem. We recently replaced the unit again and it now works about 90% of the time. Just an occasional problem.
These switches have been in use almost since cars were invented. I have owned many cars and this is the first time that I have had a deficient ignition switch. Where is GM getting their parts. For the first repair, the GM dealer wanted $600.00. Are these deficient switches made out of gold.

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