Key Stuck in Ignition Lock Cylinder on Chevrolet Malibu

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 107,621 (5,000–280,000)
17 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, more2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
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key moves into all positions and car starts but once in park and off position i can not remove my key its been stuck for about 10 days now!!!
The ingnition will not turn all the way into off position for me to take the key out the ignition. It started out as an occasional thing but now it is every time I drive the car.
I am having trouble with my shifter it is getting stuck in park and takes me quite some time to even get lucky and be able to put it in drive and take off. Anyone know what I need to do to fix this. It is really making me angry. I feel like I am going to get stuck somewhere with the car stuck in park.
My malibu isn't going into park all the way. The key gets stuck until I finally get it into park. Now, my car key is free and the car appears to be in park. But, the next time I go to drive it, it is completely dead. The ignition must be stuck in aux. or in between. The car has no power at all.
key stuck in the ignition
i put shifter into 'park'. but, if it doesn't -pop-, the key won't go all the way to 'off' position; hard time getting it out. i'm the original owner and it's been this way since day one. over the years, i've made the 'mistake' of having my car valet parked. and when they couldn't get the key out, instead of jiggling the shifter, as i know to do, they yanked the key out in while it was at the 'ACC' position. so, now it can be yanked out. but if left at 'ACC', after some time, the battery will go dead.
car won't go in park, and can't pull the ignition key.
in order to get my key out of the ignition i have to jiggle the shifter
Usually in colder weather, the key gets stuck in the ignition. I can turn the car completely on and off, but removing the key is difficult. The car usually needs to be warm. This is a problem if I need to just park my car or go on short trips.
Shifter button won't un-engage so you can move it into all gears without the ignition running. Key will not come out of ignition b/c it thinks car is still engaged!! Of course just hit 100000 miles a few days ago.
Car in park... Key in acc .....will not go in off position...!
Key is in the ignition and will not come out you can turn it on and turn it off but you can not remove it out of the ignition
I have the same problem the key won't go into the off position because of the shifter. The car was owned by my mother and she hardly used it and said she didn't have the problem. Now that I have it this is happening more and more.02/10/2015.
key wont turn off stuck in the on position have to pull battery to turn off
Key keeps getting stuck in ignition when in park. I have to turn the car back on, switch gears, and redo the sequence to even get my key out. Sometimes, I have to do it more than once.
I parked when I came back the key wont turn.
My key gets stuck in the ignition and i have to pull my car out of park put it back in giggle the gear shift and then it will catch
Went to start car and will not start only hear clinking sounds, lights came on then key got stuck in ignition and no power to car cant even move gear out of park into N. Don't know what do any help please!!!!!
car will not shift from park and key will not come out..
I have to jiggle the gear shift in order to get my key out until today. Now my gear shift wont lock into park and the key comes out when in acc. so now I have to disconnect the battery or it will be dead.