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General Motors recalling 824,000 more small cars

General Motors is adding 824,000 small cars to its ongoing recall tied to defective ignition switches.

The company will add vehicles from the 2008-2011 model years to a recall that initially covered cars only through the 2007 model year.

The Chevrolet Cobalt, Chevrolet HHR, Pontiac G5, Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Ion and Saturn Sky are all involved in the recall.

GM says around 5,000 of the faulty switches were used for repairs on 2008-2011 model year cars. GM says it's expanding the recall to make sure it finds all the switches.

GM says it's not aware of any fatalities connected to the defect in the 2008-2011 models.

The ignition switches can move out of the "run" position and cause the engine to stall. The defect is linked to 12 deaths.

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On Friday General Motors said it had told its dealers to stop selling Chevrolet Cruze small cars equipped with 1.4-liter turbo engines for an undisclosed issue.

It was another blow for a company dealing with the crisis created by defective ignition switches linked to at least 12 deaths.

The No. 1 U.S. automaker said at the time that the affected Cruze cars from model years 2013 and 2014 were not being recalled. The move only covered the affected models that are unsold on dealer lots.

Last month, GM recalled 1.6 million older-model cars globally to replace defective ignition switches that can be knocked out of the "run'' position while driving, turning off the engine and disabling the airbags and other electrical components.

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GM Chief Executive Mary Barra is scheduled to testify to both chambers of Congress next week as members of the House and Senate seek to learn how the problem did not result in a recall earlier despite being first noted within the company in 2001.


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