General Motors (GM) is recalling 1.6 million small cars to fix faulty ignition switches linked to multiple fatal crashes.
The automaker recalled more than 780,000 Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s earlier this month. It is now adding 842,000 Saturn Ion compacts, Chevrolet HHR SUVs, Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky sports cars.
“The company was immediately lambasted by a well-known safety advocate who says GM knew of the problem for years and waited too long to recall the cars even though people were killed because of the problem,” says CBS News.
“GM says a heavy key ring or jarring from rough roads can cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position and shut off the engine and electrical power. That can knock out power-assisted 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.”
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