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LORDSTOWN, Ohio - General Motors is recalling nearly 780,000 Chevy Cobalts and Pontiac G5s, vehicles that were once built in the Valley's backyard.

The automaker says the 2005 through 2007 models are being voluntarily recalled for a problem with their ignition system. The engines can shutdown unexpectedly if the key ring is carrying added weight. The ignition could also switch out of the "run" position if these models travel on rough roads. 

"The ignition switch is loose and if you put a heavy key chain on, the key chain can turn in a little bit and make it go to an "off" position," Barry Gonis says, Spitzer Chevy Lordstown general manager.

"If you have an accident, your airbags won't deploy."

GM says six crash deaths are linked to this problem. The automaker also reports 17 other injuries in crashes where the front air bags did not deploy.

The company announced Thursday that it will replace the ignition switch in the effected models for free, but Gonis says dealerships likely won't receive parts until at least April.

Spitzer Chevy Lordstown is among the local locations where owners can find a free fix. In the meantime, model owners are encouraged to lighten up their key chains just in case.

"Take off all the extra things you have on your key chains," Gonis says.

A majority of the Lordstown-made vehicles were sold in the U.S.

 

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