GM plans to offer $500 cash discounts off of a new car purchase to anyone who owns a vehicle which is affected by the brand’s ignition switch recall.
On top of the discounts, which are good for any model year 2013 to 2015 vehicle, the brand will be giving out loaner cars to those who request them, until their own car is fixed. Tow truck fees will also be covered if customers decide they would like their car to be towed to the dealer for repair.
Multiple investigations are being undertaken by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the US Justice Department and GM itself to see how such a large problem, that was first discovered in 2004, went untreated until now. This is the first incentive, or sign of customer goodwill that GM has put forth to affected owners.
The actual repair of the affected vehicles, which include the Pontiac G5, Chevy Cobalt, Chevy HHR, Saturn Ion and Sky is expected to begin on April 7.
In the recalled cars, the ignition switch can inadvertently turn to the “off” position, causing the engine and airbags to cease functioning. GM has requested that customers remove excess weight from their key rings, as that along with jarring can knock the ignition switch to off.
[Source: Automotive News]
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