Chevy Cobalt Recall Timeline
General Motors has recently issued a recall for model year 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalts, as well as the 2007 Pontiac G5. The recall has been issued as a result of problems with the ignition switch, which does not meet GM’s torque performance standards. As a result of this defect, these vehicles may be prone to unexpected loss of power and the failure of airbags to deploy in the event of a crash. The recall affects more than 600,000 vehicles in the United States.
Those who have already suffered injuries as a result of the ignition switch defect, however, may need to pursue legal action in order to recover the compensation necessary to deal with resulting medical costs and other issues. If you have been the victim of this dangerous Chevy Cobalt defect, the attorneys at the Willis Law Firm know how difficult it can be to recover, and we work tirelessly on behalf of injury victims to help them pursue the compensation they need.
Timeline of Chevy Cobalt Defects
The following is a brief timeline of the events leading up to the recent recall of GM’s Chevy Cobalt and Pontiac G5 vehicles:
- 2004 – GM was first notified of the ignition problem, with engineers identifying insufficient key cylinder torque as the issue. Nevertheless, they chose not to do anything about it.
- 2005 – GM receives more complaints about vehicles unexpectedly losing power. A change to the key configuration for these vehicles is proposed but not implemented.
- 2006 – GM approves changes to ignition switches suggested by the device’s manufacturer. The supplier begins to provide re-designed ignition switches at an unspecified point during the 2007 model year.
- 2007 – During a meeting with the NHTSA, GM is informed of a fatal crash in 2005 in which the vehicle’s airbags failed to deploy as a result of the key being in the “accessory” position. GM investigations go on to uncover at least 10 incidents in which a car’s airbag failed to deploy, four of which had the same problem with the keys being in the “accessory” position.
- 2009 – GM finally makes an official change to the design of the keys for these vehicles, switching to a “hole” design from the previous “slot” design. By this point, a total of seven crashes in which the key was in the “accessory” position have been discovered.
- 2010 – GM discontinues the production of its Chevy Cobalt line of vehicles.
- 2011 – GM’s legal department teams with its Field Performance Assessment and Product Investigations teams to investigate crashes involving airbag non-deployment for 2005-07 Chevy Cobalts and 2007 Pontiac G5s.
- 2012 – The investigations continue, with inconclusive results.
- 2013 – GM’s investigating team discovers that service parts for the ignition switch, specifically the detent plunger and the spring, had substantially different torque performance results between pre- and post-2007 model year vehicles. Discussions with the parts supplier indicate that changes had indeed been made to the detent plunger and spring in late 2006, and that the resulting difference in torque performance explained the variations between different model year vehicles. As a result, in January of 2014, GM issues a safety recall for the 2005-07 Chevy Cobalt and 2007 Pontiac G5s.
GM’s president has acknowledged that the process used to investigate this problem was not as thorough as it should have been.
Contact a Chevrolet Cobalt Defect Attorney Today
If you have been the victim of injuries resulting from a defective Chevy Cobalt or Pontiac G5, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. Contact the attorneys at the Willis Law Firm today by calling us at (800) 883-9858 to learn more about what we can do to help you in this difficult situation.