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GM widens ignition recall by 971,000 to 2.59 million cars

General Motors Co. is expanding the recall of small-car ignition switches by 971,000 vehicles worldwide to cover 2008 to 2011 vehicles that were built with safe parts yet may have received faulty replacements. It also increased the death toll linked to the switches.

The recall brings the total to 2.59 million small cars and now includes 2008 to 2010 Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s, Pontiac Solstices, Saturn Ions and Saturn Skys and 2008 to 2011 Chevrolet HHRs, Jim Cain, a GM spokesman in Detroit, said yesterday in a telephone interview. The expanded recall comes on top of 1.62 million cars recalled last month for faulty ignition switches linked to the deaths of 12 people.