General Motors today said it is recalling 3.
4 million cars in North America because bumpy terrain could move the ignition switch out of the run position if the driver’s key chain is too heavy -- the same basic problem that began its recall crisis earlier this year. GM said Ray DeGiorgio, the engineer who was fired for his role in the Chevrolet Cobalt recall, also approved the ignition switch used in the vehicles covered by the latest recall.
GM said it has increased its estimate of recall-related repair charges for the first half of this year to $2 billion, which is $300 million more than its previous figure. The company announced five additional smaller recalls today.
All told, GM has recalled more than 20 million vehicles in North America this year, 9 million of which are for ignition problems, though some vehicles are counted more than once because they are subject to multiple recalls