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GM recalls nearly 780,000 sedans over ignition shutdowns

Published on Feb 13, 2014 10:18 PM
 
General Motors said on Thursday, Feb 13, 2014, that it was recalling nearly 780,000 sedans sold in North America for an ignition switch problem that could shut off a moving car's electrical devices, including airbags. The recall covers Chevrolet Cobalts from the 2005-2007 model years, 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuits, and 2007 Pontiac G5s. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) - General Motors said on Thursday that it was recalling nearly 780,000 sedans sold in North America for an ignition switch problem that could shut off a moving car's electrical devices, including airbags.

The recall covers Chevrolet Cobalts from the 2005-2007 model years, 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuits, and 2007 Pontiac G5s.

GM said an ignition switch could be jarred from "run" position while the vehicle is operating into "accessory" or "off" position, turning off the engine and other electrical components.

The unintentional shutdown could happen if the vehicle is off-road or even from a heavy key ring, GM said, and one possible result could be airbags not deploying in a crash.

 
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