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Ignition Switch Problems of Chevrolet Cobalt - part 1



Chevrolet Cobalt owners have reported 133 problems related to ignition switch (under the electrical system category).

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 1
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. :(.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 2
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.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt 3
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.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 4
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 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt 5
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.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt 6
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 7
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 8
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.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt 9
Failure Date: 07/29/2014

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.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt 10
Failure Date: 07/25/2014

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.


 
car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt 11
Failure Date: 07/24/2014

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.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 12
Failure Date: 07/16/2014

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?.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 13
Failure Date: 07/01/2014

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.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt 14
Failure Date: 07/01/2014

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.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 15
Failure Date: 07/01/2014

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.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt 16
Failure Date: 06/21/2014

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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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 17
Failure Date: 06/17/2014

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.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt 18
Failure Date: 06/10/2014

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.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt 19
Failure Date: 06/06/2014

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.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt 20
Failure Date: 06/04/2014

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.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt 21
Failure Date: 06/02/2014

2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall. The consumer was informed the parts were not available.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt 22
Failure Date: 06/02/2014

2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to issues with ignition switch recall parts no longer manufactured.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt 23
Failure Date: 06/02/2014

Received original notification of Chevrolet recall several months ago, scheduled for repair, and took vehicle in to have recall performed and advised they could not do it. Have received several notifications that correct I the repair has not been completed and have scheduled the vehicle 2 more times for repair to be told they do not have parts. Contact with Chevrolet has been lees than cooperative. Total of 3 times they have not been able to perform the required recall repairs. The recalls numbers are for 13454 ignition switch, 14113 ignition lock cylinder and key. It appears from the staff of local facility that no vehicles on list have been repaired yet nor do they have any knowledge of when this will be corrected. It is of my opinion that gm is playing a game to relieve themselves of liability by sending notification to schedule your repair but unable to provide the support to correct the issue.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt 24
Failure Date: 06/02/2014

2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch replaced in vehicle. The consumer stated the ignition switch was replaced a year ago, because the tumbler broke inside the ignition and she was unable to turn the engine off. The consumer has since traded the vehicle.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt 25
Failure Date: 06/02/2014

2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch, power steering recall notices and seat belt problems. . The consumer the seat belt would not fastened. She had to drive home, without wearing her seat belt.

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