When Your Vehicle Stalls While Driving

There are a number of reasons your car could suddenly shut down or stall. For example, you could run out of gas, your alternator or fuel pump could fail, or you could have a faulty ignition switch.

First, don't panic. Pay attention to where you're going. Your goal is to get to the right hand shoulder of the road.

You won't have power steering so it will be hard to steer your car.

If you can, put the car into neutral, and turn the key forward. Once the car starts, shift the car back into drive.

If that doesn't work, hit the brakes and coast to the shoulder. Also put on your hazard lights.

Once you're safely off to the side of the road, use your cell phone to dial for help.

Remember, having too much stuff on your key ring can allow your ignition switch wear out prematurely and make it easy to accidentally turn off.

General Motors says seven models have been experiencing defective ignition switch problems. That's why more than 1.3 million vehicles have been recalled.

GM says free repairs will be offered beginning in April for the following vehicles:

2005-2007 Chevy Cobalt
2005-2007 Pontiac G5
2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit
2003-2007 Saturn Ion
2006-2007 Chevy HHR
2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice
2007 Saturn Sky

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