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GM recalls older sports cars to fix air bag sensor problem

By on February 9, 2017

FILE - This Tuesday, April 1, 2014, file photo shows a key in the ignition switch of a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt in Alexandria, Va. On Wednesday, July 13, 2016, a federal appeals court ruled that people injured in crashes caused by faulty General Motors ignition switches can sue the company even if they were hurt before GM’s 2009 bankruptcy filing. The ruling means that many pre-bankruptcy claims can proceed, including lawsuits alleging that GM’s actions caused the value of its cars to drop. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

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DETROIT — General Motors is recalling 107,000 older sports cars worldwide because a faulty sensor can disable the front passenger air bag.

The recall covers the 2006 to 2010 Pontiac Solstice and the 2007 to 2010 Saturn Sky. The two-seat cars are no longer made and both brands have been scrapped by the company.

GM says in government documents that a sensor that determines if a child is sitting in the passenger seat can bend and become damaged over time. That can open an electrical circuit, causing the car to turn off the air bag.

The company says it doesn’t know of any crashes or injuries caused by the problem.

The recall came after an owner petitioned the government seeking an investigation. GM has not yet developed a repair and says it will notify owners when one is ready.

Most of the recalled cars are in the U.S. and Canada.

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