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Deaths Lead to Massive GM Recall of 780,000 Vehicles

GM has recalled 780,000 vehicles because of a defect that has caused 22 crashes and six fatalities.

2007 Chevy Cobalt
2007 Chevy Cobalt
GM is recalling 780,000 vehicles because of a defect that has caused at least 22 crashes and six fatalities, ABC News reported.

The recall of older-model compact cars is related to a faulty ignition switch that can cause engines to shut off without warning. The problem has been tied to Chevrolet Cobalts from 2005 to 2007 and from Pontiac G5s from 2007.

USA Today called the recall "extraordinary." The newspaper noted that automaker recalls rarely involve flaws that have actually resulted in fatalities. " In fact, there are many recalls in which no accidents or injuries are reported, and the recall is because the car company noticed a flaw by monitoring reports from dealers and complaints from owners," the newspaper stated. 

The Los Angeles Times reported that the recall involves 619,122 Cobalts and G5s sold in the U.S. The rest of the cars impacted by the recall were sold in Canada and Mexico.

“All of these crashes occurred off-road and at high speeds, where the probability of serious or fatal injuries was high regardless of airbag deployment. In addition, failure to wear seat belts and alcohol use were factors in some of these cases,” the newspaper quoted a statement from GM.

According to GM, a very heavy key ring or chain can pull the key into "accessory" or "off" the Times reported, shutting off the engine and some electrical components.

christopher papazoglow February 13, 2014 at 01:23 PM
Good that you're reporting on the GM recall. Is there some reason why Patch hasn't reported the Toyota recall that was announced yesterday?
Jimmy Wang February 13, 2014 at 01:38 PM
Nintendo owns the Patch.
J February 13, 2014 at 02:34 PM
Dealership won't have the parts in for the recall until April... Remove key from cluttered key chains and use on it's own until then. Advice from Dealership...
John Cobb February 13, 2014 at 02:51 PM
Much ado about nothing, if you have a heavy weight key chain this can happen. Also not GM says, "All of these crashes occurred off-road and at high speeds, where the probability of serious or fatal injuries was high regardless of airbag deployment. In addition, failure to wear seat belts and alcohol use were factors in some of these cases." This caters well to our society where no one is to blame for their own actions. Waiting to hear on TV, "If you were the victim of an accident in a Cobalt, call 1-800- WESUEGM"
Rodger Higgins February 13, 2014 at 03:16 PM
Because they don't like to report on Jap crap if they can get away with it.
Rodger Higgins February 13, 2014 at 03:21 PM
Illegals especially welcomed to submit paperwork showing accidents and how seriously you were injured for multi million dollar lawsuits to sustain you for life in addition to your government assistance. Numbers of 6 packs you consumed or bottles of alcohol consumed not required.
John February 13, 2014 at 06:53 PM
Give me a hammer, I'll fix it.
Bernie February 13, 2014 at 07:02 PM
Why has it taken 7 years for this recall, 90% of the original owners no longer own these cars, Great work GM !?
Scott Wilson February 13, 2014 at 07:21 PM
GIVE ME MY MOPAR REPAIR HAMMER,THAT`LL FIX A LOT OF NAUGHTY ITEMS......WORKS ON COMPUTERS TOO............
oldschool February 13, 2014 at 07:44 PM
I had a 2005 Cobalt, it would often stall when making a left turn, you would just hope to coast through the intersection. The dealer never could replicate the problem, now I know what it was! I had a pretty normal key ring and set of keys.
Kent Frederick February 14, 2014 at 12:11 AM
Jimmy, I believe Hale Global owns a majority stake in Patch, while AOL owns a minority stake.
Ronald P Matonti February 14, 2014 at 08:35 AM
At least GM and Ford do recalls on their own for safety unlike the Japanese companies like Toyota,Honda and Nissan that have to be forced into it only after thousands have been killed from serious defects on their cars and they lie and say it was the floor mat instead of admitting the gas accelerator was sticking. Stop buying Japanese cars and support our economy by buying American made cars and giving our family,relatives,friend,neighbors and fellow Americans good paying jobs with health benefits. This industry is so widespread with all of its subcontractors and should not be given to some foreign nation.

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