GM announces yet another recall involving compact car keys

GM announces yet another recall involving compact car keys

For General Motors (GM), the week began with the promise of fixed vehicles and less scrutiny. Thursday, April 10, arrived and GM announced two of the engineers believed to be responsible for the ignition switch designs were suspended. With action finally being taken, the controversy surrounding the automaker appeared to be lessening.

Until GM announced it was recalling an additional 2.19 million vehicles from those already recalled for defective ignition switches.

Apparently the same models being fixed for a detent plunger than cannot hold the key in place are also at risk for a faulty lock cylinder that allows the key to be removed when the vehicle is not in park. GM received hundreds of complaints and at least one incident where a vehicle rolled away in a parking lot, causing an injury.

In addition to replacing the detent plungers in the ignition, the ignition lock cylinders are also being corrected with new keys. Because the issues are in the same models, GM is now sending kits with both parts to dealerships for easier fixes.

Here are the models recalled for both ignition switch and lock cylinder defects:

  • Chevrolet Cobalt, 2005 to 2010
  • Chevrolet HHR, 2006 to 2011
  • Saturn Ion, 2003 to 2007
  • Saturn Sky, 2007-2010
  • Pontiac Solstice, 2006 to 2010
  • Pontiac G5, 2007 to 2010

If you drive one of the vehicles above, ensure your car is in park before you remove the key. If your car has a manual transmission, turn the key to the “off” position and then shift to the reverse gear and engage the parking brake before removing your key. Until you get your vehicle fixed, remove all keys and keychains from your car key to limit excess jostling.

Do you or someone you love drive one of the cars listed? Have you experienced any difficulty with your engine shutting off while in motion that led to an accident and possibly a serious injury? Let us know! We may be able to help.


Bigelow, P. (2014). General Motors announces another big-ignition related recall. AutoBlog. [Link]
Healey, J. R. (2014). GM recalls recalled cars for new defect, costs mount. USA Today. [Link]

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