GM Says New Ignition Parts Are on the Way to Dealerships | Edmunds

GM Says New Ignition Parts Are on the Way to Dealerships


Just the Facts:
  • General Motors on Wednesday said it has shipped "thousands" of kits containing new ignition switches, ignition cylinders and key sets to its dealerships as repairs begin in the massive recall of 2.6 million small cars for defective ignition switches.
  • Letters were mailed last week to about 1.4 million owners of 2003-'07 models telling them to contact a GM dealer to make an appointment for repairs.
  • GM said the repair should take about 90 minutes.

DETROIT — General Motors on Wednesday said it has shipped "thousands" of kits containing new ignition switches, ignition cylinders and key sets to its dealerships as repairs begin in the massive recall of 2.6 million small cars for defective ignition switches.

The recall has been linked to 13 fatalities.

Letters were mailed last week to about 1.4 million owners of 2003-'07 models telling them to contact a GM dealer to make an appointment for repairs.

GM said the repair should take about 90 minutes.

"Wait times may be longer depending on the busyness of a particular dealership," GM said in a statement posted on its Web site.

Owners of 2008-'11 models subject to the recall will receive a letter in early May confirming their inclusion in the recall. Another letter alerting them when parts are available will follow.

The automaker said its 4,300 dealer service departments are involved in the repairs. GM did not set a specific timetable for when repairs will be completed, but it is expected that repairs may not be finished until the fall.

The recalled GM vehicles include:
• 2005-'10 Chevrolet Cobalt
• 2005-'07 Pontiac G5
• 2003-'07 Saturn Ion
• 2006-'11 Chevrolet HHR
• 2006-'10 Pontiac Solstice
• 2007-'10 Saturn Sky

The ignition switch in the affected vehicles may move from the "run" position to the "accessory" or "off" position, shutting off power and disabling the airbags. Dealers also are replacing ignition cylinders that can allow the removal of the ignition key while the engine is running, leading to a possible rollaway, crash and occupant or pedestrian injuries.

Edmunds says: If you've received your official notice from GM, it's time to contact your dealer. Other consumers can make arrangements for a loaner car if they are still waiting for notification. But all customers should remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the vehicle key, in the meantime.

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