GM Ignition Switch Recall Balloons to 2.2M Vehicles

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

General Motors‘ ignition switch recall just got a whole lot bigger.

The American automaker is expanding the recall to another 971,000 vehicles, 824,000 of which are in the U.S. The added vehicles cover the 2008-2010 Saturn Ion and Sky, Pontiac G5 and Solstice and the Chevrolet HHR. In addition, the 2008-2011 Chevrolet Cobalt has been added, bringing the total of recalled vehicles in the U.S. to about 2.2 million.

“We’re taking no chances with safety” said CEO Mary Barra said in a statement. “Trying to locate several thousand switches in a population of 2.2 million and distributed to thousands of retailers isn’t practical. Out of an abundance of caution, we are recalling the rest of the model years.”

SEE ALSO: GM Ignition Switch-Related Deaths Could Have Been Avoided With Earlier Recall: Report

Last month, GM announced a recall on 1.37 million vehicles in the U.S. with the ignition switch defect that has been linked to 34 crashes and 12 deaths. In today’s announcement of the recall, GM stated that it was not aware of any injuries or crashes involving the late-model cars.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Chavitz Chavitz on Mar 29, 2014

    Guess, in order to reduce negative market impact, GM may have adopted a progressive recall approach, that is, very likely even more switch recall is coming

  • Alex Kozovski Alex Kozovski on Mar 29, 2014

    It'll be 5 million next week. GM really makes some crap cars.