General Motors has issued a recall on almost 800,000 vehicles after 22 accidents, including six fatalities. The accidents were caused by a defect in the ignition switch that can cause the engines to unexpectedly shut off. The flaw is related to heavy key rings which can pull a switch mechanism out of the “on” position and shut off the car without warning. The stall in the car can cause loss of power to the brakes and steering.
The recall includes 2005 through 2007 Chevrolet Cobalts and 2007 Pontiac G5s. GM may not be able to directly warn owners, because the older model cars may have switched owners.
Vehicles that stop without warning are at a high risk for collisions, injuries, and death. GM advises owners to remove unnecessary items from the key ring until dealers can replace the faulty ignition switch.
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