WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday sent out an urgent warning to owners of GM vehicles recalled for ignition switch problems, telling them to immediately contact their local dealer to arrange a service appointment.
"GM reports that many dealers will help owners get their vehicles remedied after work and on the weekends," the advisory said.
Federal safety regulators said there are still nearly 1 million vehicles with faulty ignition switches, thus "creating a danger of the airbags not deploying in the event of a crash."
GM has repaired nearly 60 percent of the affected vehicles, but NHTSA said: "Many others remain."
GM told NHTSA there are now enough parts available to fix all of the defective ignition switches in an ongoing recall of more than 2 million vehicles.
NHTSA has pushed GM to maximize the number of vehicle owners who bring in their vehicles for repair, including targeted outreach to non-English speakers, maintaining up-to-date information on its Web site and a combination of traditional and social media outreach, financial incentives, phone calls and other approaches.
According to GM's compensation fund, there are 36 deaths linked to the recall.
Edmunds says: Now is the time to take care of this urgent matter and contact your local dealer.