The Japanese company has refused to comply with a U.S. government demand for an expanded recall of its air bags that can explode and shoot out shrapnel.
Inflators used in certain air bags made by the Japanese supplier Takata Corp. can explode with too much force and spew shrapnel into the passenger compartment.
GM says low-beam headlights or daytime running lamps could intermittently or permanently stop working.
U.S. safety regulators have closed an investigation into steering problems in more than 500,000 Ford full-size cars without seeking a recall.
Mazda is recalling nearly 100,000 midsize cars in the U.S. to fix a problem with the tire pressure monitoring system.
Ford said Friday that its new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get up to 26 mpg on the highway, making it the most fuel efficient gas-powered full-size pickup.
The lawsuit seeks potentially billions of dollars in fines.
Takata Corp. insists that current recalls covering 8 million U.S. cars in high-humidity areas are sufficient. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants millions more added to the recalls.
The move is likely to give more ammunition to lawmakers who are calling for a nationwide recall of cars with air bags made by Japanese parts supplier Takata.
An employee said that a machine used in the production process was malfunctioning, potentially contaminating the food with metal shavings.