General Motors announced Monday that it has added 1.6 million more vehicles to a recall list. Including an already announced recall, the total is up to 2.85 million. The newest recall involves later model SUV’s: the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia models 2008 to 2013, Chevrolet Traverse from 2009 to 2013, and Saturn Outlook from 2008 to 2010 for a problem with side air bags. It also has recalled 303,000 20009-2014 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana (commercial vans) for instrument panel lights; and 63,900 Cadillac XTS full-size sedans 2013 – 14 for a potential engine fire. The earlier recall involves a faulty ignition switch. The company says it believes that 12-13 people have died in accidents where air bags failed to deploy because of the faulty ignition switch. GM has disputed reports from other analysts who say data shows that up to 303 people have died in accidents involving GM cars where airbags failed to deploy. Those recalled vehicles include: 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5, 2003-2007 Saturn Ions, 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHRs, and 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky models. The Justice Department has opened up a criminal investigation to determine if any laws were violated by GM knowing about the switch problems for a decade before taking action. The company is in the process of notifying owners but cautioned that repairs could come slowly because of a shortage of replacement parts. GM has already been hit with a lawsuit filed in Texas over the faulty ignition switch.

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