In this Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 file photo, the logo for General Motors decorates the entrance at the site of a GM information technology center in Roswell, Ga. GM is recalling 2.6 million small cars worldwide to replace ignition switches that suddenly can slip out of the run position and shut off the engine. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
This March 16, 2006 file photo shows a Pontiac G6 shown outside the General Motors Orion Assembly plant in Orion Township, Mich. General Motors is recalling 2.4 million vehicles in the U.S., including Pontiac G6's from the 2005-2008 model years, as part of a broader effort to resolve outstanding safety issues more quickly.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
This March 16, 2006 file photo shows a Pontiac G6 shown outside the General Motors Orion Assembly plant in Orion Township, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Ryan Vlastelica, REUTERS

DETROIT, Mich. (Reuters)—General Motors Co (GM.N) began the new year by announcing three new vehicle recalls on Thursday, as the ignition switch crisis continued to dog the automaker after millions of vehicles were recalled in 2014.

No crashes or injuries were reported in the latest round of recalls involving 83,572 sport-utility vehicles and pickup trucks. GM expects that fewer than 500 will be affected by the defect, an ignition lock actuator with an outer diameter that exceeds specifications.

Still, the issue could spook consumers and investors.

Ignition system problems were behind the record number of recalls made in 2014 by GM, which has struggled to rebuild its reputation following its 2009 bankruptcy.

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