GM Recalling 8.4 Million More Vehicles For Ignition Switch Problems


UPDATED: Tuesday July 1, 2014 12:28 AM

General Motors is recalling 8.4 million more vehicles dating back to 1997 to fix faulty ignition switches as the company's safety crisis continues to grow.

The latest recalls involve mainly older midsize cars and bring GM's total number of recalls this year to over 28 million.

The company says it is aware of three deaths, eight injuries and seven crashes involving the vehicles recalled on Monday. GM says it has no conclusive evidence that faulty switches caused the crashes.

Mark and Holly Richard say they enjoy their 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix and haven't had many problems with it.

"We haven't had it in the shop that much," Holly Richard said.

The Heath couple's car is part of Monday's list of recalled vehicles.

Despite the recall, they say they will stay loyal GM customers.

"I think all businesses are trying to improve their products constantly so GM will come through," Richard said.

GM says that with the recalled vehicles, something as simple as a heavy key ring could lead the ignition to shut off while driving.

That would mean no power steering, no power brakes and potentially no air bags.

Those issues do not sit well with some drivers

"That's kind of scary when you're by yourself with two kids in the car most of the time," said Kaylie Dietzel, a mother of two young girls.

The Grove City resident says she received a recall notice in May for her 2009 Chevy Cobalt for the ignition issue.

Dietzel says she is waiting for her dealer to get the necessary parts.

In the meantime, Dietzel says she can't help but think of the potential danger.

"If there's a wreck, I could be gone and my kids wouldn't have a mother," Dietzel said. "That's the worst part to me, I think."

GM says it expects to take a $1.2 billion charge in the second quarter for recall-related expenses.

It is urging people to remove everything from their key rings until their cars can be repaired.

 

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