General Motors recalls thousands of compact cars

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 8:59pm

General Motors is recalling about 780,000 vehicles due to faulty ignition switches that can cause the engine to shut off unexpectedly.

GM says Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G-5 cars made between 2005 to 2007 are being recalled in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to replace the switches.

In addition to turning off the engine unintentionally, the switch defect can also shut off the electrical components in the car that activate the airbags.

GM says there have been 22 crashes where the airbags did not deploy including five crashes that caused 6 front-seat fatalities.

The car maker says that the switch tends to shut off accidentally when the car is driving off-road or experiencing "some other jarring event."


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