Key Stuck in Ignition Lock Cylinder on Chevrolet Cobalt

The automatic transmission shifter in floor console may fail causing the key to become stuck in the ignition lock cylinder. GM has recalled 2009 models for a shift cable issue which may or may not contribute to this issue. For more information on the recall please click here»

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Average mileage: 80,941 (11,100–177,000)
Drive Trains affected: Automatic Transmission, Manual Transmission
6 model years affected: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, more2009, 2010
202 people reported this problem
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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt - Automatic Transmission 56,000 mi,
went to start car, no electrical power, key was locked in cylinder, car stuck in park
2007 Chevrolet Cobalt - Automatic Transmission
I have had the same problem of the ignition not turning to the off position to release the key. I am currently checking on the recall due to this issue. This will be the third recall on this car since I have had it. I hate this car and would not recomend that anyone buy one!
2006 Chevrolet Cobalt - Automatic Transmission 50,000 mi,
I have the same problem.Is there a recall for the 2006?
2007 Chevrolet Cobalt - Automatic Transmission 24,500 mi,
Car Stuck in the ignition and battery went dead. Key had to stay in the ignition until I got a new battery. I now see there are many complaints about this happening. Also I see that some have gotten their fixed with a recall, yet when I look up the recalls for the 2007 Chevy Cobalt, I don't see the recall for it????? Where can I find the recall and get my car fixed also?
2008 Chevrolet Cobalt - Automatic Transmission 44,000 mi,
Had this problem of the ignition not turning. The key can be inserted and removed without issue. First thought it was the wheel lock, but dealer determined differently. They stated the ignition cylinder was bad and replaced it. That was about three months ago. Today, the same thing happened. Called the dealer, and they are towing the car to their shop. GM, I think it's time for a recall on the ignition cylinder. It's obvious there are issues, so STAND NEXT TO YOUR PRODUCT!
2007 Chevrolet Cobalt - Automatic Transmission 40,000 mi,
when putting into park the key gets stuck in the cylinder lock and takes a long time to get it out
2007 Chevrolet Cobalt - Automatic Transmission 60,615 mi,
key gets stuck in ignition when shutting off the car. Search shows that this is a common issue with cobalts.
2009 Chevrolet Cobalt - Automatic Transmission 130,000 mi,
key will not go in the off position
2007 Chevrolet Cobalt - Automatic Transmission 88,120 mi,
key was stuck in ignition and would not come out untill it was jumped started
2008 Chevrolet Cobalt - Automatic Transmission 49,500 mi,
I bought my 2008 cobalt used 6 months ago and this is the 2nd time the key has gotten stuck in the ignition while in the on position. I could not turn the car off. We had to unhook the battery and fuel pump fuse to get the car to shut off. The first time i got a new key. This time we put some oil in the ignition console. I will never recommend this car to anyone.
2005 Chevrolet Cobalt - Automatic Transmission 53,500 mi,
Key stuck in ignition - wouldn't turn or come out. Problem only started following ignition issue recall .
I put my car in park, took the keys out of the ingnition and got halfway out of the car as it was rolling forward in the parking lot. I jumped back in and stepped on the brake. Thank god no one was in front of the car at the time. The dealership charged me 300 to fix it. Then later there was a recall...
2010 Chevrolet Cobalt - Manual Transmission 24,000 mi,
ignition key stuck. sucks
2006 Chevrolet Cobalt - Automatic Transmission 23,345 mi,
key will not come out when vehicle is off sometimes have to put back into gear then park to release key
2006 Chevrolet Cobalt - Automatic Transmission 109,000 mi,
i have a 2006 chevy cobalt lt my ignition wont turn to the off position because the car would not go in to park completely . i used to put it back in gear then back to park and apply a little pressure hear a ingauge sound then the key would turn off and release. but just recently it has not released it will start the car then turn it off go to acc. and it will release from there . however it will not go to the off release position. so i went to start my car the next morning after taking the key out at acc. and my battery was dead.
2006 Chevrolet Cobalt - Automatic Transmission 40,000 mi,
Shifter button will not release and key cannot be turned past accessory. Key cannot be removed
2006 Chevrolet Cobalt - Automatic Transmission
Key stuck in ignition
2007 Chevrolet Cobalt - Automatic Transmission 75,000 mi,
I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM A COUPLE WEEKS AGO. I TRIED TO LEAVE THE GROCERY STORE & MY CAR WOULDNT START & MY KEY WOULDNT COME OUT OF THE IGNITION. I WAS WORRIED I LEFT LIGHTS ON & I THOUGHT MAYBE IT WAS THE STEERING WHEEL & IT WASNT MY BOYFRIEND MESSED WITH THE SHIFTER & WHEN WE PUT IT BACK INTO PARK & MY KEY THEN CAME OUT & MY CAR STARTED JUST FINE....TODAY I TRIED TO GET OUT OF MY CAR & MY KEY WOULDNT COME OUT OF THE IGNITION I MESSED WITH THE SHIFTER & IT TOOK A WHILE FOR ME TO EVEN BE ABLE TO MOVE BUT THEN I WAS ABLE TO DO THE SAME THING MY BOYFRIEND DID & MY KEY CAME OUT & MY CAR STARTED FINE. I HOPE ITS JUST ME WHO DOESNT PUT IT IN PARK ALL THE WAY NOT SOMETHING WRONG WITH MY CAR.
2009 Chevrolet Cobalt - Automatic Transmission 55,537 mi,
key is stuck and ignition wont turn. Pulled fuse to stop engine, took to dealer for recall service to the shifter which is affecting the ignition.
2005 Chevrolet Cobalt - Automatic Transmission 40,000 mi,
key would not come out of the ignition lock cylinder. Shifter on console replaced.