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Update: Safety probe opened into GM recall response

GM could face tens of millions in fines

Wisconsin Chevy Cobalt crash in 2006
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US federal investigators are looking into whether General Motors acted quickly enough to recall 1.6 million older-model small cars in a case linked to 13 deaths.

On Tuesday, GM doubled the number of cars in a recall for faulty ignition switches.

Documents show GM knew of the problem as early as 2004.

The recall affects some older models of the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky sports cars, the Saturn Ion, Chevy HHR SUV, Chevy Cobalt and Pontiac G5.

General Motors could face a fine of up to 35-million dollars for delaying a recall of several vehicles for a problem linked to 13 deaths.

G-M has apologized, saying it wasn't robust enough in examining an ignition switch problem in older-model vehicles including Chevy Cobalts, Pontiac G5s and Saturn Ions.

G-M says a heavy key ring or jarring from rough roads can cause the ignition switch to move out of position and shut off the engine and electrical power.

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  1. john posted on 02/27/2014 10:50 AM
    good kick the companys ass for making 30k tin cans .
  2. Peter posted on 02/27/2014 03:07 PM
    From Autoblog:

    The recall has swollen to over 1.3-million units, and where before it was limited to vehicles built between 2005 and 2007.

    It now includes vehicles screwed together in 2003 and 2004, as well.

    Saturn Ion coupes and sedans built between 2003 and 2007, Chevrolet HHR vanlets built between 2006 and 2007 and the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky roadsters from 2006 and 2007 are now all included in the recall.
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    I say:

    Too bad there aren't some tips to help show the probability of failure for certain users. Example, does the ignition feel loose beforehand?, or is there any noise made when the key is installed/removed.
    Clues like that would give some GM users a bit of peace of mind, so driving risks can be anticipated and safety judged. Does GM think we are dummies? and should we be frightened unnecessarily by driving their car until the fix can be installed?

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