BOISE -- A local car dealership in Boise says this is the most complicated recall they've ever seen.

It involves millions of cars, with a possibly faulty part, that have been linked to 13 deaths and 31 crashes.


In February, General Motors issued a recall for its 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5, 2003-2007 Saturn Ion, 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR, 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit (Canada), 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice and 2007 Saturn Sky vehicles.

On March 28, the recall was expanded to include 2008 2010 Pontiac Solstice and G5; 2008-2010 Saturn Sky; 2008-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt; and 2008-2011 Chevrolet HHR.

In total, more than 2.6 million cars have been recalled due to a possibly faulty ignition switch.

General Motors says the issue can cause the car to suddenly switch from the normal run position into accessory mode. That can shut off the engine, power, and even airbags.


A Meridian mother who thought she'd had the issue fixed years ago says she is now more worried than ever.

Molly Jacobs has owned her 2009 Chevy Cobalt for several years.

It's very sad and very scary. It's sad because I love my car and I've never had any issues with it, said Jacobs.

Jacobs says the only problem was a repair notice a few years ago involving the ignition switch. Jacobs says she got it fixed and thought everything was fine.

But, she's now learning the piece used in the repair could have been faulty itself.

It's a little nerve-racking because I thought the issue was fixed, said Jacobs.

General Motors CEO Mary Barra testified about the issue before a Senate subcommittee on Wednesday, amid criticism that the company waited too long to recall a potentially dangerous issue it knew about for more than a decade.

I agree it took way too long for this to come to attention and to do the recall, and we've admitted that. We also apologized, it's tragic that there's been lives lost and lives impacted with this event, said Barra.

For Jacobs, who drives her kids daily in one of the recalled cars, she's concerned about her safety and the company's response.

They waited way too long to figure out that they didn't recall all the cars or they used faulty stuff to replace the faulty stuff, said Jacobs.


So what do you do if your car is one of the recalled models?

A local dealership says you should call a local GM dealer and have your car checked.

As for the replacement part, General Motors says they hope to have it available in early April.

An internal investigation into General Motor's handling of this issue is expected to be released in May.

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