General Motors is expanding its recall of certain older model vehicles to correct a problem with the ignition switches, which could fail and shut off the engine. When that happens, the air bags may not deploy in a crash.
The company has already recalled Chevy Cobalts from 2005 through 2007 model years, and Pontiac G-6s from 2007.
Now, GM says it is also recalling Saturn Ions from 2003 to 2007 model years, Chevy HHRs from 2006 and 2007 and Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky models from 2006 and 2007.
The recall is to correct a condition with the ignition switch where the key may unintentionally move or switch to the "accessory" or "off" position, turning off the engine and most electrical components on the vehicle.
In all, the recall affects more than 1.3 million vehicles.
GM said it is aware of 31 crashes, including 13 front-seat deaths, where the frontal airbags did not deploy, that may be linked to this problem.
The automaker said it will perform repairs at no charge to customers and that GM and its dealers will work with customers on a case-by-case basis to minimize the inconvenience associated with the recall.
Until drivers can get to a dealership, General Motors is urging people to remove unessential items from key rings.