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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — General Motors has recalled 7.6 million vehicles (model years 1997 to 2014) over ignition switch problems.

GM says among the recalled vehicles, it is aware of seven crashes, eight injuries and three fatalities. The fatal crashes involved older model full-size sedans.

The company expects “to take a charge of up to approximately $1.2 billion in the second quarter for the cost of recall-related repairs announced in the quarter. This amount includes a previously disclosed $700 million charge for recalls already announced during the quarter.”

Until the ignition recall repairs have been performed, it is very important that customers remove all items from their key ring, leaving only the vehicle key, and always use their seat belts. The key fob, if present, should also be removed from the key ring.

In May, just a week after recalling 2.4 million vehicles and a day after recalling another 2.6 million, General Motors Co recalled an additional 218,000 Chevrolet small cars for a potential fire hazard.

GM has been criticized by safety advocates and fined by U.S. safety regulators for its delayed response in catching the faulty switch.