GM Doubles Vehicle Recalls Over Ignition Switch

CBS Miami

DETROIT (CBSMiami/AP) – More than 1.6 million cars have now been recalled by General Motors due to faulty ignition switches linked to multiple fatal crashes.

GM announced the recall of more than 780,000 Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s two weeks ago. It’s now adding 842,000 Saturn Ion compacts, Chevrolet HHR SUVs and Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky sports cars.

GM says a heavy key ring or jarring from rough roads can cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position and shut off the engine and electrical power. That can knock out power-assisted brakes and steering and disable the front air bags. The problem has been linked to 31 crashes and 13 front-seat deaths. In the fatalities, the air bags did not inflate, but the engines did not shut off in all cases, GM said.

It was unclear whether the ignition switches caused the crashes, or whether people…

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