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Ignition Switch Problems of Chevrolet Cobalt - part 1



Chevrolet Cobalt owners have reported 155 problems related to ignition switch (under the electrical system category).

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt 1
Failure Date: 01/28/2016

Engine shut down while driving. Twice while stopped and 4 times while city driving in the process of making a turn. Car shuts down with key in the on position. I have to put the car in park, turn the key into the off position. I can then turn the key and the car turns back on. I was almost rear- ended. This is the same thing that happened when my car was part of the safety recall 13454. I called general motors at 1 800 222 1020. I told the guy that the same thing was happening that happened when they had the recall for the ignition switch. He told me they were having other customer complaints about the same thing happening. I asked him how come they weren't having a recall on the recall? it is very scary driving this car. I was told that nothing would be covered and I would have to take it to the local chevy dealer (which is 30 miles away).

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 2
Failure Date: 01/06/2016

After recall on ignition switch my car still stalls and the power locks go up and while driving and it sometimes will not come out of park.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt 3
Failure Date: 11/01/2015

Tl- the contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet colbalt. The contact stated that while driving the vehicle the key was accident ly removed from the ignition switch and the vehicle continued to operate. The contact also indicated that on several occasions while driving the vehicle had suddenly shut off and the front drivers side seat belt was faulty. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who indicated that the linkage was faulty. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 35,000. Jft.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 4
Failure Date: 10/28/2015

The ignition switch was supposedly changed, still having trouble starting the car. Difficult to steer, sensors aren't working. Stationary when trying to start the vehicle, sensor lights comes on when driving, city highway.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 5
Failure Date: 07/13/2015

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the key failed to release from the ignition switch and noticed strong fuel fumes emitting into the vehicle. The contact stated that the vehicle was previously serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14v047000 (air bags, electrical system) and NHTSA campaign number: 14v171000 (electrical system). However, the failure persisted. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer after the recalls were preformed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 100,000.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt 6
Failure Date: 07/03/2015

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 35 mph, a second vehicle crashed into the passenger side of the contact's vehicle. The front and side curtain air bags did not deploy. The driver suffered back and neck injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed. The contact also indicated that the ignition switch was faulty and the vehicle would suddenly shut off while driving. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was 41,147.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 7
Failure Date: 06/23/2015

I was pulling into the parking lot of where I work and my engine shut off. I have already had my ignition switch recall completed. My daughter was driving the car a few days later and the same thing happened to her as well.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 8
Failure Date: 04/11/2015

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the key failed to release from the ignition switch. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14v171000 (electrical system); however, the remedy failed to correct the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 65,000.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 9
Failure Date: 03/06/2015

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated after turning off the vehicle, the key became stuck in the ignition switch. The key remained in the ignition switch until the vehicle was driven because it failed to release after numerous attempts. On a separate occasion while driving, the traction control and engine warning lights illuminated intermittently with a reduction in the engine power. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and currently being diagnosed. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14v171000 (electrical system) however, the remedy did not correct the problem. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 82,000.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt 10
Failure Date: 02/21/2015

The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While making a left turn, the vehicle suddenly shut off and the driver lost control of the steering causing the vehicle to crash into a parked vehicle. During the incident, the driver suffered a back injury. The front seat passenger suffered a neck and back injury and the rear passenger seat occupant sustained a head and right side injury. All occupants received medical attention. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the failure was caused by a faulty ignition switch. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 105,000.


 
car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 11
Failure Date: 02/04/2015

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?.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt 12
Failure Date: 01/04/2015

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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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt 13
Failure Date: 12/01/2014

2007 Chevrolet Cobalt safety recall ignition switch the consumer was only given one set of keys, when the recall was performed. The dealer stated they would issue the second set in October. The consumer called the dealer in October, and was informed there was a shortage of keys and they did not know when the keys would be available.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 14
Failure Date: 11/30/2014

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!.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 15
Failure Date: 10/21/2014

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. :(.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 16
Failure Date: 10/01/2014

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.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt 17
Failure Date: 09/24/2014

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.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 18
Failure Date: 09/03/2014

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.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 19
Failure Date: 09/01/2014

Electrical/electronics problem. Symptoms: dash warning lights (engine, traction, theft) came on. Digital display warning: low fuel (over 1/2 tank of gas) power steering (which stopped operating) and transmission service (transmission stopped shifting smoothly). Gauges (speed, fuel and tach) operated erratically, not at all or combination of the two conditions. This condition started with a few of the listed symptoms which initially cleared them selves. Later as more showed at same time, I was able to clear them or sometime they cleared themselves . This happened over a years time. When all symptoms showed and would not clear, I took the vehicle to trusted mechanic. He could not locate problem but due to outstanding ignition switch recall, suggest that repair may fix the problem. Vehicle was taken to dealership and recall service preformed and no other outstanding recalls were found. Vehicle operated without a problem for almost a month before the listed symptoms reappeared. Was able to clear the fault codes but symptoms returned within the day and won't clear. A check of recalls found that a recall for power steering loss as described was issued and done at approx. 49,000 miles. Several electrical system checks were found in maintenance history (done after power steering recall) and preformed before I purchased the vehicle. The issue describe has become worse over time and has effected the safety of not only those operating the vehicle but any one else on the road when this problem manifest itself. Given that the ignition was replaced and the problems persist, I can't believe it was the ignition causing these problems. I will contact gm to see what my options are. Given that gm is paying 900 million to the government in fines, maybe uncle sam could held those of us with gm engineered lemons replace them with something that is safe to drive on the road.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt 20
Failure Date: 09/01/2014

2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall issues. The consumer stated she had problems with starting and turning off the vehicle, as the key would not come out of the ignition. A problem also developed with the gear shift. The ignition switch was replaced. However, she experienced the same problem, again. There was a vibration, coming from the front on the vehicle. Updated 12/17/14.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt 21
Failure Date: 08/30/2014

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.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt 22
Failure Date: 08/29/2014

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.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 23
Failure Date: 08/08/2014

2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer requests reimbursement for defective ignition switch recall repairs.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt 24
Failure Date: 08/06/2014

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.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 25
Failure Date: 08/01/2014

2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch, ignition lock cylinder and key replacement recall issues. The consumer stated he always experienced problems with the vehicle, but could get never get a resolution from the dealer, as they could never replicate the problem. The consumer received three recalls about the urgency of getting the issue fixed. However, the dealer did not have the parts.

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