DETROIT (CBSMiami/AP) – General Motors issued a recall Thursday of 780,000 cars in North America because of engines that can shut down unexpectedly and cause crashes.

According to GM, six people have been killed in crashes related to the problem and a total of 22 crashes. GM said all the crashes were off the road and happened at high speeds.

The recall affects Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5’s from the 2005 through 2007 model years.

Government regulators said the weight of the key ring and rough roads may move the ignition switch out of the run position, cutting the engine and electricity. If that happens, it’s possible the air bags may not work properly.

Dealers will replace the ignition switch for free, but advised owners to remove as much as possible from key rings until they can bring the car to the dealer.

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