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GM recalls 3.2M more US cars for ignition problems

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DETROIT (AP) -

General Motors is recalling 3.2 million more cars in the U.S. because of ignition switch problems, but owners of the affected vehicles should prepare for a long wait.

The company says it will change or replace the keys on the cars from the 2000 to 2014 model years because, as with previous model years, the switches can unexpectedly move out of the "run" position if the cars are jarred, such as by going over railroad tracks or a pothole. That can shut off the engines and disable power steering. So far, the faulty ignition switches have caused 54 crashes and at least 13 deaths. 

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The recall is part of a GM review of ignition switches after the company recalled 2.6 million older small cars earlier this year for a similar problem, but so far, only 7 percent of the vehicles affected by the initial recall have been repaired.

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GM said the delay in repairs is because the switch maker, Delphi, had to begin making the part for cars that are no longer in production. The company hopes to have all the switches manufactured by late October.

GM also is recalling 166,000 other cars for a series of problem, and the company raised its expected second-quarter charge for recall expenses to $700 million.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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