Key Stuck in Ignition Lock Cylinder on Chevrolet Malibu

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

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Average mileage: 107,939 (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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2008 Chevrolet Malibu 94,000 mi,
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!!!
2005 Chevrolet Malibu 98,589 mi,
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.
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.
2009 Chevrolet Malibu 45,000 mi,
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
2013 Chevrolet Malibu 75,532 mi,
key stuck in the ignition
2005 Chevrolet Malibu 40,000 mi,
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.
2009 Chevrolet Malibu 25,000 mi,
key wont turn off stuck in the on position have to pull battery to turn off
2003 Chevrolet Malibu 5,000 mi,
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.
2010 Chevrolet Malibu 100,480 mi,
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.
2008 Chevrolet Malibu 51,000 mi,
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.
2002 Chevrolet Malibu 78,000 mi,
I parked when I came back the key wont turn.
2003 Chevrolet Malibu 68,496 mi,
Car in park... Key in acc .....will not go in off position...!
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
2007 Chevrolet Malibu 162,000 mi,
car will not shift from park and key will not come out..
1997 Chevrolet Malibu 102,694 mi,
Hasn't been fixed yet. Will check with dealer for the bulletin that came out on various models of Chevrolet Malibu.
1997 Chevrolet Malibu 120,000 mi,
Car wont shift from park into gear easily, it has to be warm and then you have to really work it/fight it into gear. Also key will not release from ignition during this. So for now I patk in neutral with emergency brake on til I can figure out what is wrong.
2009 Chevrolet Malibu 121,000 mi,
I turn car off and key will not come out of ignition. I get who ever is with me to try and it won't work. I can restart it but not get key out when I turn it back off. But then after about 5 minutes of turning off and on it comes out.