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GM recalls nearly 800,000 vehicles

NATIONWIDE (CNN) -- General Motors is recalling 780,000 vehicles due to a faulty ignition switch that can cause the engine to shut off unexpectedly.

GM said Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G-5 cars made between 2005 and 2007 are being recalled in the US, Canada and Mexico to replace the switches.

In addition to turning off the engine unintentionally, the switch defect can also shut off the electrical components in the car that activate the airbags.

GM said there have been 22 crashes where the airbags did not deploy, including five crashes that caused six fatalities.

The car maker said the switch tends to shut off accidentally when the car is driving off-road or during other "jarring" movements.