Arizona State said it had filed a lawsuit against General Motors Co
The New York Times said Arizona was seeking $3 billion for defrauding state consumers.
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Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne said in a statement the civil penalties could be up to $10, 000 per violation, with hundreds of thousands of Arizona car owners and lessees affected.
The recalls in the complaint include problems with ignition switches but also numerous other parts including airbags, wiring and seat belts.
GM was not immediately available for comment.