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GM issues 6 more recalls covering 312,000 vehicles

General Motors has issued six more recalls totaling more than 312,000 vehicles as the company cleans up past safety issues.

The recalls in North America pushed GM’s total for the year to 66, covering just over 29 million cars and trucks. That beats the company’s old full-year record and has pushed this total number for the industry this year to more than 40 million, also an annual record.

The largest of yesterday’s recalls covers 215,243 Saturn Vue SUVs from the 2002 through 2004 model years. GM says keys can be removed when ignitions are not in the “off” position. The problem is linked to two crashes and one injury.

GM is conducting a companywide safety review following a bungled recall of 2.6 million small cars with faulty ignition switches. GM has admitted knowing about the defective switches for at least a decade, yet it didn’t recall the cars until February.

In the recalls announced yesterday, GM told dealers to stop selling some of the vehicles until repairs are made.

Including the Vue recall, GM has called back more than 17.5 million vehicles for ignition switch problems.

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