GM’s Huge Recall Includes 778K Chevy and Pontiac Models

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Toyota (NYSE:TM) made waves on Wednesday when it announced a recall of 1.9 million Prius models for a software update, but General Motors (NYSE:GM) is close behind, as it issued a 778,562-model strong recall on Thursday, citing ignition issues.

The recall, which is contained to North America, covers the older-model Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 compact cars and addresses the potential allowing the engine and other components — including airbags — to be unintentionally turned off unexpectedly.

For cars falling in the 2005-2007 model years, “the weight on the key ring, road conditions or some other jarring event may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position, turning off the engine and most of the car’s electrical components,” Reuters reports, citing General Motors’ press statement.

General Motors says it’s aware of five frontal-impact crashes and six front-seat fatalities as a result of crashes in which the front airbags did not deploy, though a spokesman acknowledged that all of the accidents happened off road and at high speeds, in which the probability of serious or fatal injuries was high even in the even of airbag deployment. He added that some cases, the occupants were not wearing seat belts and alcohol was a factor in the crash, according to Reuters.

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