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GM recalls 3.16 million more cars for ignition defect

By CBS/AP 1:42 PM June 16, 2014

General Motors (GM) is recalling 3.16 million more cars in the U.S. because of ignition switch problems. The company says it will change or replace the keys on the cars from the 2000 to 2014 model years.

GM said the key could move out of the “run” position if there was a “jarring” event (such as hitting a pothole) and the keychain was carrying extra weight. That can shut off the engines and disable power steering.

GM says it is aware of eight crashes and six injuries due to this ignition issue.

The recall is part of a GM review of ignition switches after the company recalled 2.6 million older small cars earlier this year for a similar problem. GM also is recalling 166,000 other cars for a series of problems.

The company raised its expected second-quarter charge for recall expenses to $700 million from $400 million.

The recall includes these cars and model years:

  • Buick Lacrosse, 2005-2009
  • Chevrolet Impala, 2006-2014
  • Cadillac Deville, 2000-2005
  • Cadillac DTS, 2004-2011
  • Buick Lucerne, 2006-2011
  • Buick Regal LS & GS, 2004-2005
  • Chevy Monte Carlo, 2006-2008

The only car that’s still in production with the defect is a model of Chevrolet Impala used in rental fleets.

More than four months after General Motors began recalling 2.6 million small cars to fix ignition switches, the company has repaired only 7 percent of the vehicles. Through Thursday, GM had repaired almost 177,000 of the cars and shipped about 423,000 parts kits to dealers worldwide.

GM said the earlier recall caused at least 54 crashes and 13 deaths, but trial lawyers suing GM say the death toll is more than 60. GM has acknowledged knowing about the problem for more than a decade, yet the cars weren’t recalled until this year.

GM CEO Mary Barra will testify in front of a House subcommittee about the matter for a second time on Wednesday.

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