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GM announces second million-strong recall in a week

American auto giant General Motors has recalled millions more vehicles citing mechanical problems. The announcement follows an unprecedented fine imposed on the carmaker by federal regulators in the US for negligence.

American automaker General Motors said Tuesday it was recalling another 2.4 million vehicles due to various safety defects, its second such announcement in under a week.

The company cited problems with seatbelts, airbags and gear boxes in its Buick, Chevrolet and Pontiac models, bringing the total number of cars and trucks GM has recalled so far this year to 15 million.

Just last week the carmaker recalled 2.7 million vehicles due to problems with headlamps and power brakes that left 13 people injured.

A day later federal regulators in the US fined GM an unprecedented $35 million (25.5 million euros) for failing to report in a timely manner ignition switch defects that were linked to 13 deaths.

The company said no fatalities had been reported in connection with the latest recall, but noted it expected recall-related costs to double in the second quarter to about $400 million.

cjc / sri (Reuters, dpa, AFP)

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