AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Melanie Mayesky of Austintown bought her Chevy Cobalt brand-new in 2007.
Although she has never had any trouble with it, she recently received a letter from General Motors warning her the car was being recalled because of a problem with the ignition.
A letter sent from GM to its dealers states under certain conditions that the ignition switch could move out of the “run” position, causing the vehicle to suddenly shut off. In America, just over 1.3 million cars have been recalled in total.
The affected models are 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalts, 2007 Pontiac G5s, 2003-2007 Saturn Ions, 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHRs, Pontiac Solstices, the Saturn Sky, and the Pontiac Pursuit of Canada.
“My concern is when I get in the car, what’s going to happen?” Mayesky said. “It scares me to death.”
The letter to dealers claims the problem could be made worse by added weight on the ignition, possibly from extra keys or a key fob, as well as vibration from rough road conditions. Motorists are urged to remove all other items from their key rings, except for the ignition key itself.
Mayesky said she has tried to take her car in for repairs and get a loaner but was told she has to wait.
“They told me that they don’t have the parts yet and they would send a letter out in April that told me what to do,” Mayesky said. “I’m like, what am I supposed to do in the meantime?”
GM is providing a $500 cash allowance for car owners involved in the recall who wish to purchase a 2013-2015 Chevy, Buick, GMC, or Cadillac. GM is allowing service managers to provide loaners to customers, providing the dealership notifies the corporation in advance. However, Mayesky said she has been told there are already nearly a dozen others waiting for cars from her dealership ahead of her.
“All I want is a human being to tell me the answers that I need,” Mayesky said.
The replacement parts, as well as instructions on how to make the needed repairs, should be shipped to dealers by April 7. Customers will then be notified when they can bring their vehicles in for repairs.