Parts are on the way to repair the roughly 2.6 million vehicles affected by GM’s ignition switch recall.
In an official statement released today, the company said it has already mailed notification to 1.4 million owners of affected vehicles from the 2003 to 2007 model years asking them to contact dealers to have the parts replaced. Letters to the remaining 1.2 million owners will follow in early May to confirm their inclusion in the recall. After that, another letter will be mailed to them to notify that replacement parts are being sent. According to GM, the repair will take roughly 90 minutes and will see both the ignition switch and ignition cylinder replaced.
Ignition switches in the affected vehicles may not meet torque specifications and can alloy the key slip into the “accessory” or “off” position. If that happens, the engine will switch off and the air bag will not deploy in a crash. GM asked its customers to use their car keys alone, without a key chain to reduce the risk of that happening.
The vehicles in this wave of the recall include:
2003-07 Saturn Ion,
2005-10 Chevrolet Cobalt,
2006-10 Pontiac Solstice,
2007-10 Pontiac G5,
2007-10 Saturn Sky
2006-11 Chevrolet HHR
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