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article imageGM recalls 824,000 more cars over ignition problem

By AFP     Mar 28, 2014 in Business

General Motors on Friday recalled 824,000 more cars for possible problems with ignitions that have led to more than 30 accidents and 12 deaths.

Last month, GM called back 1.6 million cars amid questions over why it took years to address a defect it knew about as early as 2001.

GM said there was no evidence of fatalities from ignition-related incidents in the new group of cars being called back -- Chevrolet Cobalts and HHRs, Pontiac Solstices and G5s, and Saturn Skys for 2008-2010 model years.

But it said about 90,000 of the faulty ignitions were in the 2005-2007 models used as replacements in cars covered in the new recall.

GM said it needed to check all of the cars in the new action to see which ones had the replacement ignitions.

"We are taking no chances with safety," GM's chief executive Mary Barra said in a statement.

"Trying to locate several thousand switches in a population of 2.2 million vehicles and distributed to thousands of retailers isn't practical. Out of an abundance of caution, we are recalling the rest of the model years."

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