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General Motors announced today that they are expanding their ignition switch recall to include 824,000 more cars.

According to CNN, the recall previously included 1.4 million GM cars sold in the United States that were made through the model year 2007.

The new recall includes all model years of the affected vehicles from 2008 and 2011.

GM said that they expanded their recall because some of the newer versions of the cars may have had their good switches replaced with faulty ones during repairs.

The automaker stated that “the ignition switch may unintentionally move from the “run” position to the “accessory” or “off” positions, leading to a loss of power. The risk may be increased if the key ring is carrying added weight or if the vehicle goes off-road or experiences some jarring event. The timing of the key movement out of the “run” position relative to when the sensing algorithm of a crash may result in the air bags not deploying, increasing the potential for occupant injury in certain kinds of crashes.”

Until the recall has been performed, GM is urging customers to remove all items, including the key fob, from their key rings, leaving only the key.

GM records indicate the service parts may have been used for ignition repairs in:

  • 2008-2010 Chevrolet Cobalts
  • 2008-2011 Chevrolet HHRs
  • 2008-2010 Pontiac Solstice
  • 2008-2010 Pontiac G5 and
  • 2008-2010 Saturn Sky