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General Motors is facing additional lawsuits in California and Alabama relating to the faulty ignition switches that have forced it to recall some 1.6 million Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn vehicles. These suits are a bit different than GM's other legal issues, though.

In the California case, a suit was filed with a federal court in San Francisco alleging that the ignition switch problem is present on newer Chevrolet Cobalts, up through the 2010 model year, with claims that the ignition could be switched off by a driver's knee. Currently, GM's recall only covers 2005 to 2007 model year Cobalts.

The Alabama case, meanwhile, alleges that GM sent technical service bulletins to dealers in the state warning that keys may "stick" or "bind" in the ignition in Cobalts and other vehicles not covered under the recall.

"We won't comment on specific allegations," GM spokesman Jim Kane told Autoblog, "but we're confident that we've recalled all of the vehicles that could have faulty ignition switches."

Vice President of GM, Mark Reuss, echoed that sentiment in speaking at a roundtable last week, according to Automotive News. "Where the switch was used in production, we have done a very accurate and complete read across," Reuss said.