Chevrolet Cobalt owners have reported 139 problems related to ignition switch (under the electrical system category).
The ignition switch locks up after I have put my vehicle in park. I then have to start my car again, foot on brake, move my shifter to neutral, back to park and hopefully im able to turn the key to off. The steering is a pain at times to deal with. Especially at slow speeds it jerks sporadically. Also im not sure if this issue has been recalled but I've read many forums of the ac leaking on the passengers floor leaving puddles of water. My car does this, through car washes and when it rains. I've also noticed that you can hear the remaining water flow left behind in the dashboard. I only had this car since November 2014 and have so many problems. If possible, can all recall repairs be performed on my car to prevent any issue in the future?.
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My boyfriend and I were on our way home from chicago (on I-80/90) when we hit a bit of lake effect snow and ice. The snow caused our car to lose traction which in turn caused us to hit a guard rail head on while going roughly 50-55 mph. Our airbags did not go off even though we hit the guard rail head on. We ended up being perpendicular in the right hand lane and was hit by a semi truck on the passenger side door. Again, our air bags did not go off which would make for a total of 4 airbags that were affected. I was unaware of affected air bags - I only knew about my ignition switch which was fixed months prior to the accident. Unacceptable.
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This is the second time, after the steering column and ignition switch have been replaced after I bought it in 2010, that I inserted the key into the ignition and turning the key to the start position it does nothing. The key then can not be removed from the ignition causing the car to stay in the "on" position and running the battery down. I believe this is an aftermarket ignition issue because it was replaced by carmax under my extended warrenty the first time and now it is doing it again!.
I've had several recalls on my car. Air bags, power steering, ignition switch. I was only able to get 2 of these fixed because the others were not "valid" recalls for my vehicle. One of the issues the ignition switch recall has is that the car turns off. The car. Turns. Off. I don't know why and I don't know how. I just know, the car turns off. This has been a daily battle for me. It started a few months before the recall was released and continues to this day. I was driving across an intersection, the light just turned green, a few cars in front of me. I press the gas slightly & my car turns off. I wasn't even going 10 mph. I wasn't even going more than 5! another incident a few days prior, I was coming to another intersection and another car in the opposite direction was making a left so he was in the middle of the intersection. Thankfully I was not going so fast that I could've stopped and he could've passed. Just as I was approaching the lines to cross into the intersection, my car turned off again. My car is constantly turning off in the middle of rush hour traffic. Thankfully it's traffic so it's going slow but it has happened that my car will just turn off in the middle of me actually driving! there have been many times that I am trying to make a turn and my car turns off. Mid turn! in the middle of the street. Do you know how dangerous that is? it just reminds me of those movies where those silly people get stuck on train tracks. Why would you park or stay on a train track? OH, I know, just own a Chevrolet! it'll constantly turn off. Thankfully, I have not gotten stuck on a train track but what I have encountered is just as dangerous. I am constantly driving around with other people and children. My car constantly turning off, especially in the middle of the street is a great hazard to myself and my passengers. I fear my life driving this car. :(.
Once my ignition switch was repaired per the recall, I began smelling gas inside and outside of the vehicle. No check engine light has come on but the smell has been getting worse and worse. When the car sits for a long or short period of time it has difficulty starting; also since the ignition switch was replaced an electrical issue began.
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The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. After parking the vehicle, the key became lodged in the ignition switch. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14v153000 (steering) and NHTSA campaign number: 14e021000 (electrical system). The parts needed to repair the vehicle were unavailable. The failure mileage was 74,000. Updated 10/29/cn.
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 20 mph, a clicking sound emitted from the dashboard and the key became lodged in the ignition switch. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the battery post needed to be tightened. The vehicle was repaired but the failure persisted. In addition, the contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14v047000 (air bags, electrical system) and NHTSA campaign number: 14v171000 (electrical system). However, the parts needed were unavailable to perform the repairs. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 14v171000 (electrical system), but the failure was not remedied. The dealer replaced the ignition switch and provided the contact with a new set of keys. While driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle jerked and stalled. The check engine and service traction indicators illuminated during the failure. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.
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I have already had the recall service performed on my 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt, but the ignition switch problem still persists after having the recall service performed. There's the possibilitiy that a safety hazard to the american public still exists if there are cases similar to mine. The vehicle ignition was inadvertently switched to the "off" position while I was getting onto a highway. I was shifting my hips to adjust my seating position, and my knee bumped into my keychain and caused the ignition to switch to the "off" position. I lost speed control and power steering, but I was luckily able to move to the shoulder of the highway, shift into "park", and re-start the vehicle. This event happened within 48 hours of me having the recall service performed at a Chevrolet dealership.
2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer requests reimbursement for defective ignition switch recall repairs.
8/6/14 I drove my car to work and when I got in it to go to lunch it wouldn't start I purchased a brand new legend battery from napa on 2/13/14 got it jumped drove it to napa the battery was completely dead they gave me another one the next day it did the same thing the whole car lost power and cut off while I was about to make a left turn. My locks on the doors are jumping up and down, my speakers on the doors are going in and out. My ignition switch has not been changed yet they tell me it takes 8 weeks before the part gets in. I am frustrated about this, this is not safe and I bought this car brand new paid for and I'm having all kinds of issue.
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The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled intermittently on several occasions. The contact was able to shift into neutral and restart the vehicle. The contact stated that the vehicle was previously repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 14e021000 (electrical system:ignition:switch), but the failure soon recurred. The contact also received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 10v073000 (steering); however, the parts were not available for the repair. The dealer was unable to provide a specific date as to when the parts would become available. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was not available.
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving approximately at 30 mph, the engine stalled without warning. In addition, the brakes were depressed the vehicle failed to respond causing the contact to crash into the rear end of another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy and there were no injuries reported. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact stated that the VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14e021000 (ignition switch). The failure mileage was unknown.
2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall. The consumer stated the ignition would not turn off and the key could not be removed. It was determined the ignition switch needed to be replaced. However, the parts were not available.
I have had my car shut off while driving 3 times in the past few months. When I originally contacted someone at dealer, was told my year not affected. I never received notification that I was affected but contacted gm after hearing on the news otherwise. I was told they contacted dealer on my behalf and didn't get expected "fix" date. I contacted again a few days later and told them of my situation- I need to move out of state to colorado on August 11th and this is my only car. I have been going back and forth with them because I need a vehicle I feel safe to drive and do not feel safe in this car, because it has shut off due to ignition switch 3 times, luckily on residential streets. Finally, someone said that I could have a rental because there was no way the car could be deemed safe to drive 20 hours on highway with this history, but they still want me to pay the cost to ship fixed car and all rental expenses until shipped car arrives, which I do not feel is fair, as these are costs incurred to me that would not otherwise incurred if I didn't have this defective switch. I do not know if I have enough money to cover this shipping cost, which is why I am driving to denver in first place to start a new job, and may have to pass offer for rental and chance driving. Can someone please help me?.
2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to sway bar, power steering and ignition switch problems. The consumer stated the day after the vehicle was purchased, the sway bar links failed. Updated 07/30/14.
2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch parts not available to complete recall. The consumer has been on a waiting list, since February 2014.
Letter from senator graham on behalf of constituent re gm vehicle recall. The consumer stated the ignition switch was replaced on July 1, 2014. The consumer stated he is now having problems with the replacement ignition switch. Gm and the dealer, informed the consumer, he would have to pay $ 125 to diagnose the problem.
On 6/22/14, I was coming home from philadelphia and while on the brunswick highway, my 2005 chevy Cobalt's dashboard lit up like a christmas tree and I lost my power steering, traction control, brakes, abs, engine lock, door locks were clicking on and off and I had to pull over 4 times off the highway. My odometer didn't work either. This also made my transmission jerk and slip. It was so bad that when it was switching gears, it was making my entire car shake. I was afraid for my life. I nearly crashed into a semi-truck because my brakes and power steering didn't work. Also, I couldn't go below 65mph on the highway because the transmission was slipping. I made it home but I was still shocked and scared. The next day I took it to the dealership to get it looked at. I thought it was the recall problem with the ignition but they couldn't find what the main cause was. They said it wasn't ignition but some sort of computer glitch. All they did was reset the computer and recommended me to buy anew car battery. I got the new battery and every was fine. On 7/714, the same issue happened again but worse. It happened while my car was parked and again the dashboard lit up. Everything went off again, I lost my power steering, traction control, brakes, abs, engine lock, door locks were clicking on and off. It took me 6 times restarting the car for the dashboard to be cleared, and then 5 minutes again, the car chimed, and I lost my power steering, traction control, abs and the odometer didn't work again. I nearly crashed again too. I took it again to the the dealership. On 7/8/14, they told me they replaced the recalled ignition switch, but they still couldn't find the root of the cause of the major electrical issue in my car. They did say my car isn't safe to drive on the road. They asked me to leave it for a couple of days to see if they can find the problem.
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The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated when making a turn, the vehicle intermittently stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to duplicate the failure. A couple of months later, the contact received recall NHTSA campaign number: 14v171000 (electrical system) and NHTSA campaign number: 14v047000 (air bags, electrical system). The vehicle was serviced under both recalls. However, the next day the failure recurred. The dealer was made aware of the failure and the technician stated that during service the vehicle battery tested low. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the ignition switch fuse had blown and that the battery had tested normal. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 141,420.
Tl- the contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that when attempting to start the vehicle, the vehicle failed to turn over. The contact also stated that while driving the vehicle stalled and all the electrical components failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The repairs were made and the problem still persisted. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 97,000. Sr.
2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle ignition switch recall issues. The consumer received a recall notice and took the vehicle to the dealer as directed. The dealer informed her, the original key fob was broken and she would need to purchase a new for 4120 and pay $45. 00 to have it re-programmed. The consumer stated the dealer damaged the steering post, when they replaced the ignition switch.
On June 6 I was traveling on the highway going to my home with my famely I was going about 40 miles . When I try to make a left turn the steering wheel got tight and when I try to stop I had to pull over to the side of the road I almost had an terreble accident my wife is still in shock. Thank god I did not wreak my car. Rite now I cant drive my car. I am verry scare. I recived a recall mail to fix my ignition switch but still waiting. I would like my steering and igmition to be fix. I will apriciate your cooperayion on this matter thank you verry much yours jorge cintron.
I was driving down the road when my locks started popping in and out, my car started stalling out and losing power, and the power steering was going on and off. I took it in to the chevy dealership and they said it was the ignition switch. I just received my car back after it was fixed and the same problems are occurring still. I was going 60 mph when my car completely lost power. I have taken my car in other times for this problem with still no resolution.
2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall. The consumer was informed the parts were not available.
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