The recall applies to automobiles in the United States, and includes the 2004 and 2005 Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu Maxx, the 2004 to 2007 Saturn Ion, and the 2005 Pontiac G6, as well as other makes and model years.
Some of the Saturn Ion, Chevrolet HHR, and Cobalt model years have previously been recalled by GM due to ignition switch issues.
"With these safety recalls and lifetime warranties, we are going after every car that might have this problem, and we are going to make it right," said Jeff Boyer, GM vice president for global vehicle safety, said in a statement. "We have recalled some of these vehicles before for the same issue and offered extended warranties on others, but we did not do enough."
The recall comes a day before GM CEO Mary Barra is set to testify before Congress on the ignition switch recall.
In written testimony released a day before her appearance, Barra said she does not yet have answers on why GM did not catch the faulty switch for more than a decade.
"I cannot tell you why it took years for a safety defect to be announced in that (small car) program, but I can tell you that we will find out," according to the text of her opening remarks.
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