GM recalls 218,000 older cars in U.S., 2.6m cars globally

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Detroit: General Motors Co is recalling more than 218,000 older Chevrolet small cars in the United States and its territories due to a potential fire hazard, bringing U.S. recalls this year to 29 and a record number of vehicles.

The recall, and a related smaller action, is the latest announced by GM, the largest U.S. automaker. The recall with the highest profile was of cars with defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths. The Detroit company has been criticized by safety advocates and fined by U.S. safety regulators for its delayed response in catching the faulty switch.

A day after recalling 2.6 million vehicles globally, most of them in the United States, GM is recalling 218,000 Chevrolet Aveo cars in the United States from model years 2004 to 2008. The problem with the cars stems from a faulty part in their daytime running lights that could overheat and cause a fire, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

GM is recalling 214 Chevy Optra cars from the same model years that were sold in U.S. territories for the same problem. Both cars were built in South Korea. GM said it was aware of some fires related to the problem but did not say how many. It said there were no reports of injuries or fatalities.