UPDATE: GM Adds More Fixes To Ignition Switch Recalled Vehicles - Northern Michigan's News Leader

UPDATE: GM Adds More Fixes To Ignition Switch Recalled Vehicles

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DETROIT (AP) -- General Motors says another part needs to be repaired in the more than 2 million cars recalled for an ignition defect. 

The company says the ignition lock cylinders need to be replaced, because drivers can remove the key while the engine is still running, which can lead to a rollaway or a crash.

Repairs began Monday, April 7 on millions of recalled General Motors vehicles. The first repairs are available for model years 2003 through 2007. Repairs for other recalled cars will be available later this year, however a date has not been set. 

GM is offering free loaner cars to owners of vehicles that have been recalled due to a deadly ignition switch defect.  The loaners will be available until new parts arrive to fix the faulty switches.

GM is also offering a $500 cash allowance to owners who are looking to buy or lease a new GM vehicle. The offer runs through April 30.

The recall involves more than 2 million vehicles made between 2003 and 20011.

The company says about 5,000 faulty switches were used for repairs on 2008-2011 model year cars. They expanded the recall to make sure to find all the switches. 

Along with Chevy Cobalts and Pontiac G5 cars, it also involves Saturn Ions, Chevy HHR's, Pontiac Solstices and Saturn Sky models.

The company says engines can shut down unexpectedly in Chevy Cobalt and Pontiac G5 cars made between 2005 and 2007.

Safety regulators say the weight of the key ring and rough roads can cause problems with the ignition, stopping the engine and electricity. If this happens, air bags may not deploy. 

There have been 31 crashes related to the problem, and 12 front-seat deaths.

GM dealers are replacing the ignition switch for free. 

The automaker is also asking people to keep key chains light until the problem is fixed.

A consumer watchdog group, the Center for Auto Safety, said the same General Motors cars being recalled at for ignition troubles may also have problems with the airbags.

The group says between 2003 and 2012, 303 people died in accidents in Chevy Cobalts and Saturn Ions when airbags didn't deploy. GM says the new report is based on raw data that hasn't been thoroughly analyzed. 

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