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UPDATE: GM adding 824,000 vehicles to ignition recall

UPDATED Friday, March 28, 2014 --- 5:03 p.m.

DETROIT (AP) -- General Motors is adding 824,000 small cars to its ongoing recall tied to defective ignition switches.

The company will add vehicles from the 2008-2011 model years to a recall that initially covered cars only through the 2007 model year.

The Chevrolet Cobalt, Chevrolet HHR, Pontiac G5, Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Ion and Saturn Sky are all involved in the recall.

GM says around 5,000 of the faulty switches were used for repairs on 2008-2011 model year cars. GM says it's expanding the recall to make sure it finds all the switches.

GM says it's not aware of any fatalities connected to the defect in the 2008-2011 models.

The ignition switches can move out of the "run" position and cause the engine to stall. The defect is linked to 12 deaths.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Thursday, March 13, 2014 --- 10:10 a.m.

General Motors will give free loaner cars to people who own cars affected by a recent recall.

Last month, GM recalled 1.6 million older model small cars because of a problem with the ignition switching off unexpectedly.

The replacement parts are expected to arrive at dealerships by April 7th. Owners can request a free loaner to use in the meantime.

GM is also offering a $500 cash allowance toward a new GM vehicle.

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UPDATED Tuesday, February 25, 2014 --- 2:13 p.m.

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is adding more than 588,000 vehicles to a recall to fix ignition switches that can shut off engines and cause crashes.

The company says it's adding Saturn Ion compacts from 2003 through 2007, and Chevrolet HHR SUVs and Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky sports cars from 2006 and 2007.

The additional vehicles increase the total recall to 1.37 million. GM announced Feb. 13 that it would recall 780,000 Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s from the 2005 through 2007 model years.

GM says the problem has been linked to 31 crashes and 13 front-seat deaths.

GM says a heavy key ring or jarring from rough roads can move the ignition out of the run position, cutting of the engine. If that happens, the front air bags may not work.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Posted Thursday, February 13, 2014 --- 1:12 p.m.

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling nearly 780,000 compact cars in North America because the engines can shut down unexpectedly and cause crashes. The company says six people have been killed in crashes related to the problem.

The recall affects Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s from the 2005 through 2007 model years.

U.S. safety regulators say the weight of the key ring and rough roads can move the ignition switch out of the run position, cutting the engine and electricity. If that happens, air bags may not work.

GM says there have been 22 crashes from the problem. All were off the road and happened at high speeds.

Dealers will replace the ignition switch for free. GM says owners should remove nonessential items from key rings until the problem is fixed.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


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