US: GM raises massively the ignition recall image

This month the US automaker announced it called back almost 779,000 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 made between 2005 and 2007 and now it announced it’s more than doubling the number, recalling a total of 1,620,665 units.

The recall, mostly made in United States, Canada and Mexico, but also to a small number of cars overseas, has to do with a condition that might trigger the engine unintentionally to turn of – while driving, causing a cascade failure among the safety systems (with the engine stopped, a driver loses steering and assist, while the airbags will not deploy in case of accident). Alongside the announced new number, GM also said it would reexamine the way it makes recalls.

“The process employed to examine this phenomenon was not as robust as it should have been,” GM’s North American head, Alan Batey, said in a statement. “We will take an unflinching look at what happened and apply lessons learned here to improve going forward.”

Next to the 779,000 Chevy Cobalt and Pontiac G5, GM added to the recall roster 842,103 Saturn Ion cars from 2003 through 2007 model years, Chevy HHR from 2006 and 2007, the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky from 2006 and 2007.

Via Reuters