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US auto industry galvanised as recalls hit record in 2014

Driving becomes safer with carmakers cleaning up defects that previously went undetected or ignored

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The ignition switch defect in millions of General Motors vehicles, which affected various models between 2003 and 2011, has been linked to at least 42 deaths.

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SPURRED by a decade-old ignition switch defect in millions of General Motors (GM) vehicles, the US auto industry last year issued more recalls involving old models - those made five or more years ago - than ever before, an analysis of federal recall records by The New York Times