The Detroit News reported that National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has just urged owners of nearly 1 million General Motors (GM) vehicles recalled for ignition switch problems to get them fixed immediately.
The article noted there is a consumer advisory that GM says there are enough parts available to fix all the faulty ignition switches, and owners should 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,” NHTSA said.
To date, GM has repaired nearly 60 percent of the affected vehicle population covered under the recall, but many others remain.
The vehicles covered are the 2003-07 Saturn Ion, 2005-10 Chevrolet Cobalt, 2006-11 Chevrolet HHR, 2007-10 Pontiac G5, 2006-10 Pontiac Solstice, and 2007-10 Saturn Sky. Owners can confirm whether their individual vehicle needs to be repaired by using NHTSA’s VIN look-up tool on safercar.gov.
On a separate, but related front, GM’s compensation fund said another death claim for those killed or injured as a result of defective ignition switches. That raises the 36 the number of deaths linked to the delayed recall of 2.6 million GM cars.