GM Adds 971,000 More Vehicles to the Faulty Ignition Switch Recall image

After GM recalled 1.6 million vehicles in February due to faulty ignition switches, now the US automaker is adding 971,000 other cars.

The US automaker has recalled a totaled of 2,591,665 vehicles, including 2003-2011 Pontiac Solstice, Pontiac G5, Saturn Sky, Saturn Ion, Chevrolet HHR and all model years of the Chevrolet Cobalt. The older models of these vehicles have been recalled in February. Almost 824,000 vehicles have been recalled from the US and 971,000 units worldwide.

The recall has been the target of thorough investigations by federal regulators, the Congress and the Department of Justice, all asking why it took GM so long to recall these vehicles. The US giant said that models manufactured after 2007 have been equipped with a new type of ignition switch, but some models might have been repaired with older parts, which might be faulty.

General Motors is also recalling all the faulty replacement ignition switches (almost 95,000 units)  from the US aftermarket distributors. General Motors said that no injuries or deaths have been reported in the newer models recently recalled.

A spokesman for the company said GM decided to recall all the ignition switches sent to US parts distributors “out of an abundance of caution.” Consumers can also access information about the recall on GM’s newly created site www.gmignitionupdate.com.