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GM expands recall for deadly ignition issue

Wed, 26 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

GM is expanding its ignition recall from earlier this month to include 2003-2007 model year Saturn Ions, 2006-2007 Chevy HHRs and 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky models. The total number of cars affected in the U.S. has reached 1,367,146.

So far, these models have been involved in 31 crashes with 13 front-seat fatalities.

The problem is with the ignition switch, which could unexpectedly go from the “run” position to the “off” position, cutting electrical power to the airbags. GM said earlier this month that drivers should take all extraneous items off of their key chains, because that could worsen the problem.

GM will notify customers and perform the repairs at no charge. GM says its dealers will work with customers on a case-by-case basis to minimize inconveniences.

“Ensuring our customers’ safety is our first order of business,” said GM North America president Alan Batey. “We are deeply sorry and we are working to address this issue as quickly as we can.”

Concerned customers can contact Chevrolet at (800) 222-1020, Pontiac at (800) 762-2737 and Saturn at (800) 553-6000. Alternatively you can go to NHTSA’s website.

By Jake Lingeman