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GM expands recall following deaths

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General Motors is expanding a recall involving an issue with ignition switches that is connected to more than a dozen deaths.

The recall involves more than 1.3 million vehicles, including:

  • 2003-2007 Saturn Ion
  • 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR
  • 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice
  • 2006-2007 Saturn Sky
  • 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt
  • 2007 Pontiac G5

Officials said the ignition of the vehicle can accidentally be shut off by excess weight on the key chain. When this happens, the engine becomes disabled, which prevents the use of the vehicle's brakes and also makes it so the airbags do not operate.

"I just don't understand how they can knowingly put these cars out and let people drive them," said Margie Beskau, a mother.

The issue has been linked to 31 crashes nationwide, including the death of 13 people.

A recent CBS News report revealed that the car maker has known about the problem since 2004, and GM may have attempted to cover it up.

In a statement GM North American President Alan Batey said in a statement that their process to examine the issue "was not as robust as it should have been" and said the company "will take an unflinching look at what happened an apply lessons learned."

GM is now facing up to $35 million in government fines and possible criminal penalties.

"This is going to go down as one of the top 10 worst defects recalls ever because it was covered up," said Clarence Ditlow, executive director of Center for Auto Safety, a consumer advocacy group.

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