NEW YORK – Drive a car made my General Motors?
The car company is now expanding a recall of compact cars for an ignition problem.
Officials said now 13 people have been killed because of the issue.
The recall now affects 1.37 million vehicles built between 2003 and 2007.
In addition to 778,000 Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5 cars recalled earlier this month, GM is also recalling Saturn Ions, Chevrolet HHRs, Pontiac Solstices and Saturn Sky models for the same issue.
GM said the ignition on the vehicles recalled can accidentally switch out of the “Run” position while the car is being driven.
When that happens, the car’s engine shuts off, rendering power brakes, power steering and airbags not operational.
Originally, GM said six front-seat passengers were killed as a result of this problem.
There have been 31 frontal crashes involving vehicles with the problem.
“Ensuring our customers’ safety is our first order of business,” GM North America President Alan Batey said. “We are deeply sorry and we are working to address this issue as quickly as we can.”