GM says it needs to repair potential problems with the ignition switch that may cause a fire. The models involved are some 1998 through 2001 Chevrolet Cavaliers and Pontiac Sunfires built between March of 1997 and April 2001.
Some 1998 Pontiac Grand Am, Oldsmobile Achieva and Buick Skylark cars built between March 1997 and January 1998 are also being recalled.
The automaker says there have been reports of 80 incidents of heat buildup, smoldering parts or fires in the ignition system and steering column. It says no injuries or fatalities have been reported.
One-point-four million of these vehicles are in the United States, and 337,000 are in Canada. The rest are in other countries.