Key Stuck in Ignition Lock Cylinder on Pontiac Grand Am

The automatic transmission shifter may fail causing the ignition key to become stuck in the ignition lock cylinder.

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Average mileage: 116,558 (73,559–194,000)
10 model years affected: 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, more1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2005
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2005 Pontiac Grand Am 73,559 mi,
Key would not release from ignition, it did not turn all the way to the off position until it had set for several minutes. I could then turn key to off position and key would release. I took to dealer in Poplar Bluff, MO. They replaced the cylinder, pass loc sensor and programmed (this according to the invoice I was given, total $367.46. This was 12/19/11.) I emailed GM regarding this. At the low mileage I had, I felt they should pick up the tab. They told me to forget it.
1999 Pontiac Grand Am 76,000 mi,
I can't get my key out of the ignition. I can still drive it fine but doors won't lock and the shifter will move without engaging the brake.
button on the automatic transmission gear shift will not release in park so that I can remove the ignition key
1996 Pontiac Grand Am 97,851 mi,
this is a pain!! Will happen constantly for about a week than just go back to normal, the key will be stuck in ignition for as little as 5 mins to about 2 hrs....
2004 Pontiac Grand Am 115,000 mi,
shift lock button not engaging, loose, so interlock is not functioning and key stuck in ignition
1996 Pontiac Grand Am 125,000 mi,
pass lock no start
Samething happened to me!!! I have to put it in park and hit the shifter and hope it breaks loose. I still happens occasionally. I'm sick of it
2004 Pontiac Grand Am 146,907 mi,
Key stuck in ignition and won't come out
when I am in a hurry I try to turn my car off and the key gets stuck and it says the auto theft is on and it is annoying and I want to know ho to turn it off
Key stuck after noticing anti-theft light coming on. Replaced new cylinder lock with new key, kept old key for trunk & doors to save money. Also needed new dash cluster, it wouldn't take code from new passlock.
1996 Pontiac Grand Am 100,000 mi,
same here what a hassle
1997 Pontiac Grand Am 95,000 mi,
same prob with key stuck and now car won't start and they should recall them for lower intakes put 4 lower intakes in on 4 diffent cars all had the 3.1 motors cause of plastic gaskets.cheap use metal upgrade if you do one got 200,000 out of mine