Why Later GM Recall Models Require Different Ignition Parts

June 2, 2014
Posted by: Thomas Automotive Family

GM is recalling some later model cars that may have been repaired with service part number 10392423. The parts for these models are different than the older models because they have different security systems. The content of the GM Recall 14092 is below:


General Motors has decided that a defect which relates to motor vehicle safety exists in the following GM Parts and ACDelco Ignition and Start Switch service part number 10392423, and the following Ignition and Start Switch Housing Kits that contain or may contain part number 10392423: GM Parts and ACDelco service part numbers 10392737, 15857948, 15854953, 15896640, and 25846762. GM records indicate these service parts may have been installed during repairs in some 2008-2010 model year (MY) Chevrolet Cobalt, 2008-2011 MY Chevrolet HHR, 2008-2010 MY Pontiac Solstice, 2008-2010 MY Pontiac G5, and 2008-2010 MY Saturn Sky vehicles, as well as in some other vehicles.

The ignition switch torque performance on vehicles repaired with GM Parts and ACDelco Ignition and Start Switch part number 10392423 or assemblies that contain part number 10392423 may not meet General Motors’ specification. There is a risk, under certain conditions, that the ignition switch may move out of the “run” position, resulting in a partial loss of electrical power and turning off the engine. This risk increases if the key ring is carrying added weight (such as more keys or the key fob) or the vehicle experiences rough road conditions or other jarring or impact related events. If the ignition switch is not in the run position, the air bags may not deploy if the vehicle is involved in a crash, increasing the risk of injury or fatality.

Recall notification letters will be mailed to owners of all 2008-2010 MY Chevrolet Cobalt, 2008-2011 MY Chevrolet HHR, 2008-2010 MY Pontiac Solstice, 2008-2010 MY Pontiac G5, and 2008-2010 MY Saturn Sky vehicles in the near future. The letter will explain what the recall is about, when parts will be available, and what a customer should do until their vehicle is repaired. The letter will also inform customers that when sufficient parts are available, we will send them another letter asking them to contact their dealer to have this repair performed.

Because these vehicles have a different security system than the older model (2003-2007) vehicles involved in the safety recalls announced in February (13454 and 14063), the replacement ignition switch is slightly different. This means that there are two different ignition switch part numbers that dealers will use to service all of the vehicles involved in these recalls.

A recall notification letter will also be mailed to the owner of any vehicle other than those listed above or those subject to Safety Recall 13454 or 14063 identified in GM records that may have had the referenced Ignition and Start Switch installed during repairs either individually or as part of one of the referenced service part assemblies.

In addition, GM will issue a service parts safety bulletin to GM dealers, ACDelco Distributors and other wholesale purchasers of part number 1039243 or service part assemblies that may contain part number 10392423, instructing them to post signs in the dealerships for over the counter sales, and identify and notify customers who may have purchased the referenced parts about the recall. Owners who may have had part number 10392423 installed should be directed to contact a GM dealer to report their possible involvement in this recall.

For more information about the recalls, go to www.gmignitionupdate.com or call us at 814-623-8131 for Thomas Chevrolet or 814-266-5844 for Thomas Buick-GMC.