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Nearly 1 Million GM Vehicles Still Need Ignition Recall Fix

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/2/2014 Alex Nishimoto
Nearly 1 Million GM Vehicles Still Need Ignition Recall Fix

Though GM has enough parts to fix all 2.5 million ignition recall-affected vehicles, the NHTSA reports there are still nearly 1 million vehicles that haven't been fixed. Now, the agency is urging owners to get the recall service performed immediately.

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To help expedite the repairs, GM says many dealers will be able to accommodate owners after work and on the weekends. As we've reported previously, the recall addresses a faulty ignition switch that can move to the "off" position inadvertently, shutting off power to all electronics including the airbag. The issue was at the center of an NHTSA investigation and has been linked to at least 30 deaths.

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Until the recall is carried out, owners are urged by GM to remove all items from their keyring except the ignition key. GM ramped up production of replacement switches to ship the parts ahead of schedule, but in May the recall got off to a slow start. Though progress has been made, there are still around 1 million vehicles that have yet to be fixed. NHTSA has pushed GM to increase the number of owners that bring their vehicles in, requesting that the company begin a targeted outreach program for non-English speakers. In addition, the agency spurred GM to keep its online information up to date, offer incentives for getting the recall performed, and reach out through social media and over the phone.

So far, nearly 60 percent of the recalled GM vehicles have been fixed. NHTSA says it plans to continue pushing the automaker to get the remaining 1 million models repaired.

Source: NHTSA

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