What You Need to Know about the General Motors Recall

General Motors' announcement that it is recalling more than one million vehicles has gotten attention from Congress, sparked investigations, and may pose a formidable challenge for the company's fresh CEO. Here's what you need to know:

What’s the problem and when did it start?

In total, GM has recalled about 1.6 million autos for an ignition switch problem it has blamed for 31 accidents that caused 12 deaths. The problem is that the ignition could turn from the On position to the Off or ACC position inadvertently if jostled or by having too many keys on a keychain. That could cause the car to stall, stopping the airbags from deploying. The recall covers about 1.4 million vehicles in the United States and the remainder mostly in Canada and Mexico. The automaker announced the recall on Feb. 13, which it then expanded on Feb. 25. The recall covers model years (see below) stretching back for a decade.

Which models were recalled?

GM recalled the 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalts, Pontiac G5, and Pontiac Pursuit. Also recalled were the 2003-2007 Saturn Ions, the 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHRs, 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice, and 2007 Saturn Sky.

What’s GM doing about it?

The company has begun questioning its employees about the ignition switches, two unidentified sources told Reuters. It has provided the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with information including a chronology of events going back about a decade before the recall. GM has also set up a website dedicated to the ignition switch issue, and on Wednesday told drivers to avoid attaching any additional objects to the ignition key.

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/gm-recall/six-things-you-need-know-about-general-motors-recall-n52201

ee more recalls at: http://media.gm.com/media/us/en/gm/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2014/mar/0317-gm.html

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