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GM recalls 3.2 million more U.S. cars for ignition problems

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published June 16, 2014 at 3:24 p.m. Updated June 16, 2014 at 4:46 p.m.

DETROIT — 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 said in a statement Monday that the switches can rotate out of "run" if the key has excess weight and the car "experiences some jarring event," such as hitting a pothole or crossing a railroad track.

That can shut off the engines and disable power steering, causing drivers to lose control. Also, the air bags won't work. The recall affects seven cars with model years ranging from 2000 to 2014.

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 also raised its expected second-quarter charge for recall expenses to $700 million.

The latest recall covers the 2005-2009 Buick LaCrosse, 2006-2014 Chevrolet Impala, 2000 to 2005 Cadillac Deville, 2004-2011 Cadillac DTS, the 2006-2011 Buick Lucerne, the 2004 and 2005 Buick Regal LS and GS, and the Chevy Monte Carlo from the 2006 through 2008 model years.

GM says dealers will add an insert to the car keys to change the hole from a slot to a circle. The company says that until the repairs are made, owners should remove everything from their keychains and drive with only the key in the ignition.

GM also is recalling 166,000 other cars for a series of other problems.

The recalls announced Monday bring to 44 the total number of GM recalls this year, covering 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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HM2 says... June 16, 2014 at 8:47 p.m.

Ah yes, Obama motors inc.

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djigoo says... June 16, 2014 at 9:09 p.m.

You really are a special kind of stupid, aren't you?

Not to mention a disgrace to the caduceus.

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HM2 says... June 16, 2014 at 9:18 p.m.

If anyone is a disgrace Goo Goo it's you. you claim to be so damn righteous and open minded yet your the biggest racist I've ever known. your a hate monger, a bigot you hate all whites or anyone who doesn't meet your political beliefs which are pretty twisted. And like your lord and master Berry Obama you hate this country and would like nothing better than to see it fall. So screw you Goo Goo crap. I know my service to the military, my country and yes my medical service was honorable, at least I served.

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RonalFos says... June 16, 2014 at 9:24 p.m.

The moral of this story is, don't buy anything from a company about to go under because they will take every shortcut they can to save a penny.

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djigoo says... June 16, 2014 at 9:36 p.m.

I hate all whites?

Uhhhh..........................wow.

Lead paint chips?

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djigoo says... June 16, 2014 at 9:41 p.m.

By the way, HM2....You do realize that the faulty ignition switch design first appeared in 2003.

Do you remember who was POTUS in 2003?

Come on, now...THINK!

(Hint: He's a dry-drunk fratboy AWOL war-criminal election thief whose wife killed exactly as many people with her car as Ted Kennedy did with his.)

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HM2 says... June 16, 2014 at 9:50 p.m.

Goo Goo i didn't realize Obama was even around then.

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djigoo says... June 16, 2014 at 10:12 p.m.

Are you totally inebriated? Or only partially so?

Seriously...I'm not sure how someone like you finds his way home at the end of the day.

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djigoo says... June 16, 2014 at 10:20 p.m.

Okay...One more hint, if only because I realize some folks' family trees are more accurately described as small wreaths.

The name of the POTUS in 2003 rhymes with "Gorge Push."

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LR1955 says... June 17, 2014 at 7:39 a.m.

OK you political soapboxers, here's the real culprit: "owners should remove everything from their keychains and drive with only the key in the ignition."
And probably one small "vendor provided" part in the ignition switch.

The world doesn't revolve around conservatives and liberals as much as you few spoilers would like to think.

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