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Congress: GM Twice Failed to Fix Ignition Switch Defect

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A new memo from the House subcommittee investigating the General Motors recalls says GM discussed two separate fixes for an ignition switch defect but canceled them without taking action.
 
The memo was released Sunday, ahead of the subcommittee's Tuesday hearing on GM's recall of 2.6 million small cars for an ignition switch defect linked to 13 deaths. 
 
According to the memo, GM engineers met early in 2005 to consider making changes to the ignition switch after reports it was moving out of position and causing cars to stall. But an engineer said the switch was "very fragile" and advised against changes, which were later canceled because they would take too long and cost too much. 
 
Later that year, GM also approved but then canceled a change to the key design.

Meanwhile, GM is boosting by 971,000 the number of small cars being recalled worldwide for a defective ignition switch, saying cars from the model years 2008-2011 may have gotten the part as a replacement. 
 
Of the cars being added to the recall, 824,000 were sold in the U.S. 
 
The latest move brings the total number of cars affected to 2.6 million. 
 
GM previously announced the recall of 1.6 million cars, only through the 2007 model year, which were built with the faulty switch. The recall involves six cars: the Chevrolet Cobalt, Chevrolet HHR, Pontiac G5, Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Ion and Saturn Sky.
 
The ignition switches can move out of the "run" position and cause the car's engine to stall. It can also knock out power steering and power brakes, making the vehicle harder to maneuver, and disable the air bags. GM has says the defect is linked to at least 12 deaths in cars from the 2003-2007 models years. The company says it isn't aware of any fatalities connected to the defect in the 2008-2011 models.  

For more information on the recalls, go to http://bit.ly/Os1WQk  (AP)

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