General Motors has added 824,000 models sold in the United States to its faulty ignition switch recall to ensure owners of units repaired with defective switches that they can get the faulty parts replaced. The addition covers 2008-2010 Saturn Ion and Sky, Pontiac G5 and Solstice and Chevrolet HHR, and 2008-2011 Chevrolet Cobalts.
This means that the ignition switch recall now covers 2.2 million cars in the US. GM has confirmed the 35th crash and 13th fatality linked to the faulty ignition switch, which occurred in 2013 involving a 2007 Cobalt in Quebec. GM said in a statement that it is working with Transport Canada and has notified US authorities of the matter.
In February, GM recalled 1.37 million vehicles in the US for faulty ignition switch, which can shift out of the run position, resulting to failures in power steering, brakes and airbags. GM not aware of any injuries or deaths in incidents involving the cars disclosed in the most recent recall. The later-model cars feature original switches that were redesigned after the 2006 model year.
GM recalled the later-model cars as some of them might have been repaired using older ignition switches from Delphi. GM said that around 90,000 older, defective switches were used in aftermarket repairs over the years. GM chief executive Mary Barra said in a statement that the carmaker is taking no chances with safety.
She said that locating “several thousand switches in a population of 2.2 million and distributed to thousands of retailers isn’t practical,” leading the carmaker to recall the rest of the model years. GM is expanding the recall by 971,000 vehicles around the world.