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GM recalls another 3.36 million vehicles

gmrecallKatie Lobosco, NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — General Motors recalled another 3.36 million vehicles worldwide Monday for a problem the company has linked to eight crashes and six injuries, bringing the total number of cars recalled by the company this year to more than 20 million.

The new recall affects cars from model years 2000 through 2014 because the ignition switch can move out of the run position, turning off power steering and power braking while the car is being driven.

Some model years of the Chevrolet Impala, Cadillac Deville and DTS, as well as the Buick Lacrosse, Lucerne and Regal are included in this recall.

Monday’s announcement comes after a review of ignition switch issues in the wake of the recall of 2.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars for a similar problem. At least 13 deaths have been blamed for the earlier ignition switch problem.

It took the company more than a decade to recall those cars, and it is currently under investigation and facing several lawsuits over the delay.

But the latest recall is related to a different switch and has a different solution, GM spokesman Alan Adler said.

Owners of cars included in the first recall must get the ignition switch replaced, but those affected by Monday’s recall don’t have to. Instead, GM dealerships will add an insert to the key closing the slot and leaving only a small hole where a key ring can be attached.

Dealerships are expected to be able to rework owners’ keys beginning in the next few weeks. Until then, owners are urged to remove any additional weight from their key chains.

While the new recall is related to a different problem, engineer Ray DeGiorgio was involved with the design of both parts, Adler said.

GM said it now expects to take a charge of about $700 million this quarter, including the $400 million charge it already disclosed due to recalls in May.

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