General Motors’ ignition switch recall extended to later models

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On Friday, General Motors said it was extending its ignition switch recall to an additional 971,000 small cars worldwide that may have been previously repaired with defective switches. General Motors is already recalling 1.62 million cars that were made in the 2007 model year and earlier to replace switches that may jostle and cut off power to the engine. This would deactivate air bags as well.

General Motors said that it realized it had sold thousands of defective switches to dealers and parts wholesalers that may have been used in newer cars from the 2008 model years and after. The ignition switch was changed in 2006 and was replaced by an improved version made by Delphi.

General Motors said that out of the 95,000 defective switches sold to dealers and parts wholesalers, it could account for 5,000 that could have been used for repairs on newer cars. GM decided that it would expand the recall rather than trying to track down every repair made with a faulty switch.

“We are taking no chances with safety,” stated GM CEO Mary T. Barra. “We are going to provide our customers with the peace of mind they deserve and expect by getting the new switches into all the vehicles.”

[Source: NYT]

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