GM Now Fixing Ignition Switches at Dealerships

By | April 23, 2014
General Motors recalled a massive number of vehicles for faulty ignition switches, and now the company has enough of the necessary parts to begin repairing vehicles at dealerships. The first batch of owners received letters in the mail last week telling them to make an appointment for repairs. According to GM, the fix should take about 90 minutes at a dealership. Once taken in for repairs, the cars will receive new ignition switches, ignition cylinders, and key sets. Those that were contacted during this round of repairs were owners of 1.4 million small cars from the 2003-2007 model years. Those who own recalled GM cars from the 2008-2011 model years will receive letters in early May confirming they are part of the recall. However, these owners may have to wait a little longer for repairs. A second letter will follow instructing these owners when the necessary parts are available.
In February, GM said that the ignition switch may unintentionally move from the "run" position to the "accessory" or "off" position, which may reduce power to the vehicle. Faulty ignition cylinders may also allow drivers to remove the ignition key while the vehicle is still on, which could lead to a rollaway crash. GM recommends that until the repairs are made, customers remove all items from their key rings except for the actual key itself. The defect has made headlines in recent weeks, as GM CEO Mary Barra testified in court regarding the matter. The ignition switch recall has been blamed for 13 deaths and at least 31 crashes. Source: General Motors