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General Motors Recalls Another 800,000 Cars, Cites More Deaths Related to Faulty Ignition Switches

Automaker General Motors is recalling yet another 822,000 cars in six new recalls, upping its total number of recalls this year to 60 recalls. The new recalls means that already this year, GM has recalled 29 million million autos globally.

The latest recall involves numerous safety issues, including those affecting air bags, car seats, turn signals, power steering, and other faulty parts. A number of the autos included in this recall were part of some of the earlier recalls involving other safety concerns.

GM is also recalling around 475,000 autos over a defect that may cause the front and passenger seats to lift and lower due to a loose bolt. Different models of the Cadillac SRX, the Chevrolet Equinox and Camaro, the Buck Regal and LaCrosse, and the GMC Terraine are affected. Already, one crash and three injuries have been reported.

In its routine quarterly filing, General Motors indicated that there may have been more fatal incidents involving faulty ignition switches than initially thought. Previously the automaker had linked 13 deaths to the recalled vehicles. Now, in its Early Warning Report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 167 injuries and 17 fatalities involving Chevrolet Cobalts and Saturn Ions are noted. The two autos made up the bulk of the 2.19 million autos that GM recalled in February and March.

This week, another automaker, Chrysler Group LLC, recalled close to 800,000 Jeep Commander (’06 and ’07 models) and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV’s (05′-’07) models also for ignition switch problems. Chrysler is telling owners to make sure there is enough space so that a knee doesn’t bump the keys, causing the latter to shut down the engine. Owners are cautioned to take off all other items except the ignition key from the key ring.
The automaker says it doesn’t know of injuries related to the safety issues.

Our Boston auto products liability lawyers represent victims injured in GM autos and other vehicles because of faulty car parts. Contact Altman & Altman, LLP today.

Chrysler recalls 800,000 SUVs for ignition problems, DetroitNews, July 22, 2014

GM report cites more death claims in recalled cars, USA Today, July 23, 2014

New General Motors Recall Covers 800,000 More Vehicles, Ny Times, July 23, 2014

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