GM recalls certain 1997–2008 vehicles because air bags might fail

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July 10, 2014—General Motors recalled certain 1997–2008 Chevrolet, Oldsmobile and Pontiac vehicles, because an ignition defect might affect the operation of the vehicle’s safety systems.

The ignition might move out of the run position by weight that’s placed on the key ring, or by road conditions or by a jarring event. This position change would turn off the engine and depower safety systems, such as air bags, power braking and power steering. A loss of functionality of these systems would increase the risk of a crash or the risk of passenger injury in the event of a crash.

If the key isn’t in the run position and the vehicle is in a crash, the air bags might not be deployed, which would increase the risk of injury.

This recall affects the following vehicles: 2000–2005 Chevrolet Impala and Monte Carlo, 1997–2005 Chevrolet Malibu, 1999–2005 Pontiac Grand Am, 2004–2008 Pontiac Grand Prix, 1999–2004 Oldsmobile Alero and 1998–2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue vehicles.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will provide two free replacement key rings and a free key cover for all ignition keys.

Owners may call National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle safety hotline at 888/327-4236 or go to safercar.gov.