• Action 9: Two major automakers announce safety recalls

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    ORLANDO,Fla. - General Motors just expanded its recall of compact cars that could have faulty ignitions and Toyota will fix the hybrid Prius that could have a software problem.

    The expanded recall didn't surprise repair expert Jay Zembower. He found a faulty ignition in a Chevy Cobolt years ago.

    “I brought it to GM's attention back in 2006 when I had a customer wreck because of this issue,” said Zembower.

    The first General Motors recall covered 2005-2007 Cobalts and Pontiac G5's. Now it includes 2006-2007 Chevy HHR's and the Pontiac Solstice, 2003-2007 Saturn Ions and 2007 Saturn Sky.

    The automaker now is saying the ignition could fail, shutting off the engine and power brakes, steering, and air bags.

    General Motors said a heavy key chain can turn the ignition and kill the engine.

    “If it hasn’t happened yet, it will happen to them as the ignition wears and it becomes more prevalent,” said Zembower.

    Toyota is recalling 1.9 million vehicles because faulty software could shut off the engine. The recall covers 2012-2013 Lexus RX 350, 2010-2014 Prius, the 2012 Rav 4 and the 2012-2013 Tacoma.

    Toyota called the problem rare and said no one was hurt.

    For both recalls owners will be notified by mail when repairs are available.


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