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A GM recall linked to an ignition issue has more than doubled to 1.6 million vehicles, mostly in North America.
A fault involving the ignition switch in certain makes and models can potentially shut off all electrical power, including to the engine and airbags, while the car is in motion, Reuters reports. GM now says the problem may have caused or contributed to 31 crashes, inlcuding 13 deaths.
Which GM vehicles are affected by the expanded recall?
The recall expanded to include more than 1.6 million vehicles in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and a smaller number overseas, Reuters reports.
Earlier this month, GM said it was recalling 778,562 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 compact cars from model years 2005 through 2007.
But GM is now adding to the recall list:
Of the new recalled total, more than 1.3 million vehicles are in the United States, according to GM.
In this case, dealers will replace the ignition switch at no charge. But GM cautions drivers that until the fix is made, customers should remove nonessential items from their key rings.
Sadly, the ignition issue may have caused multiple fatalities and crashes. Even though GM has recalled the vehicles for a safety-related defect, these people can still bring independent legal action against the manufacturer for the injuries they have suffered, which may include wrongful death.
Affected vehicle owners should be receiving a letter from GM notifying them if their cars are part of this large recall. GM owners can also visit GM's website and enter their cars' Vehicle Identification Numbers to verify if the vehicles are under recall.
For additional help, you may want to consult an experienced motor vehicle defects attorney in your area.
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