General Motors is facing additional lawsuits in California and Alabama relating to the faulty ignition switches that have forced it to recall some 1.6 million Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn vehicles. These suits are a bit different than GM's other legal issues, though.

In the California case, a suit was filed with a federal court in San Francisco alleging that the ignition switch problem is present on newer Chevrolet Cobalts, up through the 2010 model year, with claims that the ignition could be switched off by a driver's knee. Currently, GM's recall only covers 2005 to 2007 model year Cobalts.

The Alabama case, meanwhile, alleges that GM sent technical service bulletins to dealers in the state warning that keys may "stick" or "bind" in the ignition in Cobalts and other vehicles not covered under the recall.

"We won't comment on specific allegations," GM spokesman Jim Kane told Autoblog, "but we're confident that we've recalled all of the vehicles that could have faulty ignition switches."

Vice President of GM, Mark Reuss, echoed that sentiment in speaking at a roundtable last week, according to Automotive News. "Where the switch was used in production, we have done a very accurate and complete read across," Reuss said.


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      Ken Mam
      • 9 Months Ago
      The greedy lawyers are circling around it's prey, like sharks surrounding a wounded fish. These lawyers are broke and need the extra dough...
      AwolG5
      • 9 Months Ago
      I had the displeasure of owning a g5 which was part of the recall. I received the recall letter and had the ignition replaced. I'm sorry but if people are too dumb to head the warning and get it replaced for free its their fault.
        sp33dklz
        • 9 Months Ago
        @AwolG5
        Your comment is null, for the simple fact you were ignorant enough to purchase a G5.
          AwolG5
          • 9 Months Ago
          @sp33dklz
          It was given to me. It was absolutely horrible and a week after I gave it to my brother the camshaft needed to be replaced. Fortunately it was under warranty still.
        Dave
        • 9 Months Ago
        @AwolG5
        Your absolutely right, it's completely the customers fault for not take their car in for the recall. GM is completely innocent of shipping these cars with a known defect to save money and then waiting till people died to actually do something about it. How dare people blame GM! it's just not fair!
      Mike S.
      • 9 Months Ago
      Why don't they just shutdown the entire company if they're that incompetent? I wouldn't trust whatever they say about the safety of their cars.
      Teleny411
      • 9 Months Ago
      At the time GM was building the cheapest cars possible, with the cheapest components with no regard for quality or durability. Some of these suits need to be held accountable. It's not fair that dude on the street hustling a bag of weed gets busted while these white collar guys murder people and go free.
      bubba_roe
      • 9 Months Ago
      GM is rediculious with avoiding recalls. My vehicle is so full of stuff that should have been recalled its laughable. Im done with them.
      Fred G. Sanford
      • 9 Months Ago
      Why'd they stop making the Cavalier? Take a popular product and build on it to perfection. That's what Honda does with the Civic and Accord and Toyota tries to do with the Corolla.
        bootsnchaps60
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Fred G. Sanford
        The Cavalier was an old platform that didn't do well in crashes. The cars you mentioned have all been done over several times so I'm not sure what developing them to perfection you think Toypota and Honda are doing.
      Jerry
      • 9 Months Ago
      I had a 2008 Cobalt. Had the sticky ignition switch for sure. Had to jiggle the key in the ignition to get it to start. Brought the car into the local Chevy dealer twice after getting the TSB notice in the mail. The first time, they said my key was chipped. I came back again with a brand new key that had barely been used and they said the same thing. Just said F'it and jiggled the key every time I started it. The local Ford dealer could not start the Cobalt during the trade-in.
        MechE
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Jerry
        I had this same issue on an '03 Trailblazer. Had to torque the key JUST right to get it to turn. Anyone else that tried to drive it couldnt get it started.
        spa2nky1
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Jerry
        Same issue here, after 85k miles I compared the key to my spare and it looked like it had been sanded down...haven't had an issue since I started using the spare... 1 year and 25k later I can still turn the key on the first try
      tasmit99jj
      • 9 Months Ago
      GM is going to need another bailout when all these wrongful suits are settled. This could be one reason they are in bed with China. I say good riddance to this crap car maker.
        Pater Tempus
        • 9 Months Ago
        @tasmit99jj
        Sorry to spoil your day, but the new GM is immune from any legal action stemming from dissatisfaction from the old GM.
      Majerus
      • 9 Months Ago
      I own as 2009 g5, about 4 months after it was purchased new in july 2009 the car shutdown on the interstate. All guages, radio, engine powered off. I did have steering and was able to got off to the median. We pressed the onstar button had them run a diag. Nothing came back. We called the dealer who took a look at it and found nothing wrong. About 3 months after that event I ran up to the local iga and when i returned home the ignition would not turn off. (the key was stuck in run) Once the dealer agreeded to flatbed the truck to there shop they replaced the ignition. I do not believe the issues with the ignition stopped in 2007. I also have service records to prove it. This was my 3rd gm car, first new one purchased I will never own another one. It is a joke this has happened , gm should be ashamed.
      gtv4rudy
      • 9 Months Ago
      GM is recalling all the 2 door colbalts for being too ugly.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 9 Months Ago
      "claims that the ignition could be switched off by a driver's knee" Isn't that true for any car?
        AwolG5
        • 9 Months Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        Technically but in this instance if you bump the key with a bit of force it would shut the car off.
          graphikzking
          • 9 Months Ago
          @AwolG5
          I knew I read the comments to get something useful! I was thinking the same thing, hit the key with your knee and it could turn the car off. I'm wondering how easy this is to do though? I'd love Car & Driver or someone to demonstrate this on a youtube video. This would be ULTRA helpful in the public (car enthusiasts) to understand just how bad this is. Sometimes things get so overblown by the media but I'm generally interested in this.
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