General Motors (GM) has recalled the 2007 Saturn Sky sports car because it has a faulty ignition. If the key moves, the engine may shut off and airbags may fail to deploy in an accident. GM has admitted that they knew about the defect as early as 2001 — long before the Saturn Sky was on American roads — and they are now facing multiple lawsuits, class actions, and criminal investigations from the government.
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List of Saturn Sky Recalls
To see a list of Saturn Sky recalls, complaints, and investigations, visit www.SaferCar.gov and search for the model year pertaining to your inquiry.
What is the Saturn Sky?
The Saturn Sky is a roaster manufactured by General Motors (GM). It was initially released in 2006 for the 2007-model year. It is built on the GM Kappa platform, which is also utilized in the Pontiac Solstice (also recalled). Production was discontinued in July 2009 when GM shut down the manufacturing plant in response to the 2008 economic recession.
Saturn Sky Recall for Ignition Switch Defect
The 2007 Saturn Sky was recalled in February 2014 because a defective ignition switch may allow the key to turn from the “run” position into “accessory” or “off,” which will shut off the engine, steering, brakes, and airbags. According to the recall notification:
“The weight on the key ring and/or road conditions or some other jarring event may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position, turning off the engine. If the key 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.”
The defect has been linked to at least 12 deaths and 34 front-end collisions in which airbags failed to deploy. However, the consumer watchdog group Center for Auto Safety (CAS) says that at least 303 deaths have occurred when available airbags failed to deploy in the recalled vehicles, though it is unknown if the ignition defect played a role.
What is the problem?
The Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation into whether GM ignored the ignition switch defect for over a decade before recalling the Saturn Sky and other vehicles. GM admitted learning of the problem in 2001. The first incidents were reported in 2003, and the first death occurred in 2005. The criminal probe was opened by Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, according to Reuters.
What Should I Do?
If you were injured or a loved one died, contact a lawyer. You have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit, so it is essential that you act quickly. Our lawyers can talk to you about your legal options, such as filing an individual lawsuit or joining a class action against GM.
If you still drive a Saturn Sky, use only the ignition key with nothing else on the key ring. The key fob (if applicable) should also be removed from the key ring. Heavy key rings are more likely to turn off the ignition, but some drivers have reported that the key moved spontaneously while driving.
Take your vehicle in for repairs. Saturn Sky can be repaired at any GM dealership, including GMC, Cadillac, Buick, and Chevrolet. You should be offered a loaner vehicle and $500 toward the purchase of a new vehicle. GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ignition switch, free of charge. The recall began on March 10, 2014. Owners may contact Saturn at 1-800-553-6000. GM’s number for the initial recall is 13454 and 14063 for the expansion.
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