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New information on GM ignition recall

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DETROIT, Michigan - There is new information tonight on General Motors' recall of one point six million older small cars because of faulty ignitions.

General Motors is characterizing as purely speculation a report that links as many as 188 traffic deaths to the Lordstown made Chevy Cobalt.

A Washington based watchdog organization, the Center for Auto Safety, analyzed government crash data. The center concludes that between 2005 and 2012, 188 front seat passengers died in accidents involving Cobalts where the airbag did not deploy.

GM has recalled the Cobalt and five other vehicles because of a faulty ignition switch that could cause the airbag and other safety devices to fail. The Center's analysis did not directly link ignition switch to failure of the airbags.

GM spokesman Greg Martin emailed a statement to 21 News questioning the analysis saying, "Without rigorous analysis, it is pure speculation to attempt to draw any meaningful conclusions."

In the meantime, General Motors is advising owners of the recalled vehicles to remove all but the ignition key from their key ring to prevent the ignition switch from failing.

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