(WXYZ) DETROIT - General Motors has announced that it is recalling 971,000 more small cars that could have faulty ignition switches. Of those, 824,000 were sold in the United States.
It's more troubling news for the automaker, already reeling from allegations that it sold cars it knew were potentially dangerous. This latest announcement brings the total number of recalled vehicles to more than 2.4 million.
GM announced that the recall now effects all model years of its Chevrolet Cobalt, HHR, Pontiac G5, Solstice and Saturn Ion and Sky in the U.S., saying that faulty switches may have been used to repair the vehicles.
The company's initial recall extended through these vehicle's 2007 model years.
As with the earlier recalled vehicles, GM says ignition switches may unintentionally move from the "run" position to the "accessory" or "off" position, leading the engine to shut off and disabling anti-lock breaks and airbags.
"Until the recall has been performed," GM says, "customers are urged to remove all items, including the key fob, from their key rings, leaving only the vehicle key."
“We are taking no chances with safety,” GM CEO 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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