by David Shepardson
General Motors Co. said it would double the size of its recall for older cars with faulty ignition switches that can cause air bags not to deploy in crashes, after reports of 13 deaths. The automaker admitted it hadn’t properly reviewed the issue.
GM said Tuesday it will recall 1.37 million vehicles in total after earlier this month it said it would recall about 620,000 vehicles in the U.S. In addition to the 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5, GM said it will now recall the 2003-2007 Saturn Ions, 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHRs and 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky models.
The initial recall also included about 160,000 vehicles outside the United States.
GM said there have been 31 reported incidents involving frontal crashes with the ignition switch in the “accessory” or “off” position, and frontal airbag non-deployment, including 13 front-seat fatalities.
GM North America President Alan Batey said the company was “deeply sorry” for the issue.
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