General Motors is expanding a recall of some of its small cars. The recall is due to a problem with the ignition switch in the affected models.
The 2005 to 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 were included in the earlier recall. Now, the 2003 to 2007 Saturn Ion, as well as the 2006 to 2007 Chevrolet HHR, Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky are being recalled. The number of recalled vehicles tops 1.3 million.
According to GM, “This expanded vehicle population raises the number of reported incidents involving frontal crashes, in which the recall condition may have caused or contributed to the non-deployment of the frontal airbags, to 31 involving 13 front-seat fatalities."
The issue driving the recall is the vehicles’ ignition switch. Under certain conditions, the ignition switch may allow the car to turn off without any driver input. As a result, the engine and most electrical systems in the car are switched off, making it difficult for the driver to maintain control of the car.
GM will notify owners of affected vehicles and perform the needed repairs.