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More General Motors Recalls

General Motors has announced recalls for another 3.4 million vehicles.
General Motors says it needs to change or replace the keys for about 3.4 million cars because they could cause the ignition switch to move out of position if they're carrying too much weight.

GM is already recalling 2.6 million older small cars, mostly in the U.S., for a similar problem where the ignition switch slips out of "run" and causes an engine stall. In that case, the problem is with the mechanics of the switch. In this latest recall, GM says the problem is with the design of the key.

GM began reviewing ignition switches across its line-up after initiating the earlier recall. GM links that switch problem to 13 deaths. GM says it knows of eight crashes and six injuries tied to the latest ignition switch recall.

The company raised its expected second-quarter charge for recall expenses to $700 million from $400 million.

The latest recall includes these cars and model years:

  • Buick Lacrosse, 2005-2009
  • Chevrolet Impala, 2006-2014
  • Cadillac Deville, 2000-2005
  • Cadillac DTS, 2004-2011
  • Buick Lucerne, 2006-2011
  • Buick Regal LS & GS, 2004-2005
  • Chevy Monte Carlo, 2006-2008

The recalls announced Monday bring to 44 the number of recalls this year to 17.73 million vehicles in the U.S. and more than 20 million worldwide. The company has surpassed its old U.S. full-year recall record of 10.75 million vehicles set in 2004.

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