More Deaths Linked to Faulty Ignition in GM Vehicles


Published 05/26 2014 05:26PM

Updated 05/26 2014 05:27PM

Federal safety regulators said Friday that it is "likely" that more than 13 people died in General Motors cars recalled earlier this year for defective ignition switches.

The automaker told Reuters it has raised the number of crashes associated with faulty ignition switches but stood by its count for the number of fatalities.

GM recalled 2.6 million older models, including the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion, to replace faulty switches that can cause engines to shut off while driving, leading to a sudden loss of power steering and brakes and the failure of air bags to deploy in a crash.

GM has linked the switch to 13 deaths in 35 crashes of Cobalts and Ions, which were built and sold between model years 2003 and 2010.

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