GM Ignition-Switch Recall Expands to 1.3 Million Cars; 13 Fatalities Reported

GM is expanding an existing recall of 2003 through 2007 models to correct an ignition-switch defect.

The existing call-back covers the Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5 and Canada-only Pontiac Pursuit. The company is separately recalling Saturn Ions, Chevrolet HHRs as well as Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky models. This expanded action affects more than 1.3 million vehicles in the United States.

Affected vehicles could have an issue with the ignition switch that allows the key to unintentionally be switched to the accessory or off positions, something that shuts the engine down and most of a vehicle’s electrical components. This is an obvious safety hazard.

Another issue with this problem has to do with the airbags. If the engine inadvertently gets turned off the airbags may not deploy in a crash.

GM will notify affected customers and perform necessary repairs at no charge to them.

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