TIME General Motors

Watch: The Long, Troubled History of the Chevy Cobalt

Even before the ignition defect, Car owners complained of locks inexplicably opening and closing, power steering failures, and even door windows falling out

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Long before the Chevrolet Cobalt became known for having a faulty ignition defect, it was already seen as a lemon.

In more than 120 instances, General Motors was forced under state laws to buy back faulty Cobalts, pay settlements to owners or let them trade in the cars, a New York Times report showed.

The faulty ignition switch, which has caused the Chevrolet Cobalt and other GM cars to stall, and has disabled the air bags and power steering, has been linked to 13 deaths.

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