DETROIT— General Motors on Tuesday put the number of small cars it is recalling to 1.6 million for fixing faulty ignition switches linked to multiple fatal crashes.
Just two weeks ago, GM recalled more than 780,000 Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s. It’s now adding 842,000 Saturn Ion compacts, Chevrolet HHR SUVs and Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky sports cars.
The company was lambasted by a safety advocate who said GM knew of the deadly problem for years. GM says a heavy key ring or jarring from rough roads can cause the ignition switch to move and shut off the engine and electrical power. That can knock out 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.
The vehicles being recalled include: Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s from the 2005 through 2007 model years; Saturn Ion compacts from 2003 through 2007; and Chevrolet HHR SUVs and Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky sports cars from 2006 and 2007.
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