GM recalls 971,000 more cars over defective ignition switch

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Detroit, MI, United States (4E) – An additional 971,000 GM cars worldwide are being recalled for defective ignition switches bringing the total number of recalled vehicles related to the problem to 2.59 million.

GM announced Friday that the new recall includes 824,000 cars in the United States. The recalled models are 2008-10 Chevrolet Cobalt, 2008-11 Chevrolet HHR, 2008-10 Pontiac Solstice, 2008-10 Pontiac G5 and 2008-10 Saturn Sky. The earlier recalled cars are model-year 2007.

The newly recalled cars were not linked to any death or injury related to the faulty ignition switch, GM spokesman Jim Cain said. The previous recall was triggered by 12 deaths blamed on the defect.

GM CEO Mary Barra said the recall of all cars instead of finding only those with the faulty ignition switch was made out of abundance of caution.

“We are taking no chances with safety,” Barra said.

The recall over the bad ignition switch started in early February with 780,000 older Cobalt cars. In late February, Saturn models were added to the recall.

GM is cooperating with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s investigation of the recall, the carmaker’s spokesman Greg Martin told The Detroit News.

Meanwhile, GM temporarily stopped the sale of 20,000 Chevrolet Cruzes with the 1.4-liter turbo engine on Friday. The company did not disclose the reason.

The compact car is the GM’s best-selling car globally.

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