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Only 47K Ignition Switches Replaced by General Motors

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Tina Robinson3 years ago

It’s been almost three months since General Motors announced it was recalling hundreds of thousands of older compact cars with defective ignition switches. The switches in question could easily be moved out of the “run” position causing engine stalls, brake failure, and other safety-related problems. GM acknowledged the defect was linked to at least 13 fatalities. That recall would be expanded several times to eventually affect about 2.6 million vehicles worldwide.

In an interview with USA Today, GM safety chief Jeff Boyer says only about 47,000 of those vehicles (just over 2%) in the U.S. have been repaired. Boyer also noted that production at Delphi is now going at an increased speed and expects the pace of repairs to pick up. GM estimates about 1 million repair kits will be available by August and that enough kits to repair all the recalled vehicles will be manufactured by October.

13.79 million GM vehicles recalled in the U.S.

So far this year GM has recalled a staggering 13.79 million vehicles in the U.S. alone. Boyer says the automaker is no longer waiting for a “definitive analysis” before recalling vehicles for potential safety flaws. As a result, recall announcements are coming at a record-breaking pace.

Just this last week, GM has recalled 2.6 million vehicles in six separate recalls for issues involving safety belts, airbags, fires, and transmission cables.  

GM Ignition Recall

The GM ignition recall has sparked two congressional panels, a Justice Department and SEC investigation, and numerous lawsuits. GM recently agreed to pay a $35 million fine for a decade-long delay in recalling the dangerous vehicles as well as to allow extensive oversight from U.S. safety regulators. Victims and advocates are also pushing for GM to establish a GM compensation fund for those injured or killed in accidents involving the recalled vehicles. 


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