GM catches new ignition switch problem early

DETROIT (AP) – General Motors has another ignition switch problem that can make engines stall, but this one was discovered quickly and no one has been hurt.

The automaker is recalling about 3,300 pickup trucks and SUVs, mainly in North America.  Ignitions can get stuck in the “start” position and slip into “accessory” if jostled. That causes engines to stall and disables power steering and possibly air bags.

The problem is similar to one revealed last year in 2.6 million older GM small cars that cost the company billions and killed at least 169 people. GM has admitted that it knew of the trouble but didn’t recall the cars for a decade.

The new recall covers 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra light-duty pickups, 2015 heavy-duty pickups, and 2015 Suburban and Tahoe SUVs.

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