GM’s woes continue

DETROIT (AP) – February has not been the best month for General Motors.

First, a recall was announced Feb. 13 for the Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5, and Pontiac Pursuit. That recall was expanded Tuesday to include 2003-2007 Saturn Ions, 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHRs, and the 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky, according to a press release on GM’s website. The total amount of vehicles recalled is now 1,367,146.

The recall was due to a malfunction in the ignition switch that could cause the key to unintentionally move to the “accessory” or “off” positions.

In addition, GM did not place a vehicle in the top 10 of Consumer Reports’ “Best Vehicles” list, which was released Tuesday.

The Tesla Model S electric sedan is Consumer Reports’ top pick in this year’s automotive survey.

The magazine cited the Model S’s sporty performance and technological innovations, including its 225-mile range. But it acknowledged that the car is expensive. Consumer Reports paid $89,650 for the Model S it tested.

The survey, in its 18th year, named Consumer Reports’ favorites among the 260 cars it has recently tested. The magazine buys vehicles anonymously and performs more than 50 tests on them.

Lexus, Acura and Audi were the top brands. The Honda Accord was the best midsize car, while the redesigned Subaru Forester was the top small SUV.

For the first time in 16 years, Chrysler earned a spot on the list. Its Ram 1500 was named best pickup truck.

(The Associated Press contributed to part of this report. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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