[QODLink]
Americas

US car company recalls millions of vehicles

GM extends global recall to 2.1m cars over a potentially deadly ignition fault that can cut engines at high speed.

Last updated: 29 Mar 2014 01:34
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
General Motors' chief executive, Mary Barra, faces questions in the US Congress [Reuters]

A US car giant has recalled nearly a million vehicles globally amid concerns of a potentially deadly ignition fault that can stop a vehicle dead at high speed and disable safety features.

General Motors announced on Friday it was placing notices on 971,000 vehicles, in addition to 1.9m called recalled in February. The new recalls were due to concerns they were fitted with faulty replacement parts, the company said.

At least 12 deaths have been linked to the defect in ignition switches, which when jostled or bumped can switch into "accessory" mode, even at high speed, shutting down the engine and disabling power steering, power brakes and airbags.

The extension on Friday now includes all model of the Chevrolet Cobalt, Chevrolet HHR, Saturn Ion, Saturn Sky, Pontiac G5 and Pontiac Solstice made from 2003-2011.

The expanded recall follows a Reuters news agency report on Wednesday that it was still possible to buy GM-brand ignition switches carrying the same part number as the product at the centre of the initial recall. 

Faulty models

GM redesigned the faulty part for model years after 2007, but it did not change the part number, and it fears that some
newer-model cars could have been repaired with defective older-model switches.

The February recall sparked investigations by Congress, federal regulators, the Department of Justice over why it took GM so long to address an issue first noted in 2001. 

Mary Barra, the chief executive of GM, said on Friday that "we are taking no chances with safety". She is due to face Congress this week.

GM said owners would be notified by April 21 and repairs would be free "as parts become available". The process will likely take months because of the numbers involved.

The firm also launched a website for concerned owners.

287

Source:
Reuters
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
As Western stars re-release 1980s charity hit, many Africans say it's a demeaning relic that can do more harm than good.
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Tokyo government claims its homeless population has hit a record low, but analysts - and the homeless - beg to differ.
3D printers can cheaply construct homes and could soon be deployed to help victims of catastrophe rebuild their lives.
Featured
Pro-Russia leaders' election in Ukraine's east shows bloody conflict is far from a peaceful resolution.
Critics challenge Canberra's move to refuse visas for West Africans in Ebola-besieged countries.
A key issue for Hispanics is the estimated 11.3 million immigrants in the US without papers who face deportation.
In 1970, only two mosques existed in the country, but now more than 200 offer sanctuary to Japan's Muslims.
Hundreds of the country's reporters eke out a living by finding news - then burying it for a price.