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Some Recalled GM Vehicles May Never Be Fixed

Tina Robinson3 years ago

General Motors began repairing the 2.6 million recalled vehicles with defective ignition switches this week, but a report from NBC News says many of the recalled vehicles won’t be repaired.

Owners Not Motivated to Fix Vehicles

“Despite hearing the news that their vehicle could be affected by a recall, or even receiving an actual recall notice, many consumers don’t know what to do, do not have time to get it taken care of, or may not feel like it is as important as it really is.” – Larry Gamache, communications director for Carfax as published by NBC News 

The vehicle repair tracker Carfax told NBC News that it is likely “hundreds of thousands” of vehicles recalled for faulty ignition switches will never be repaired.

GM notified owners in March of the ignition switch recall with envelopes that were clearly marked to alert owners of the situation; however, Carfax claims that may not be enough to prompt owners to action.

Owners are likely more hesitant to get the recalled vehicles repaired due to the age of the vehicle. Gamache pointed out that many of the cars are with their second or third owners, who are less motivated to follow through with repairs.

Gamache also pointed to the Toyota unintended acceleration recall, noting that millions of vehicles affected by that recall have still not been repaired. According to Carfax, 3.5 million used vehicles were sold last year with open recalls.

Park It Now Motion

On Friday, a federal judge heard arguments as part of an emergency motion filed in a proposed class-action lawsuit. The “park it now” motion asks the judge to force GM to tell owners not to drive the recalled vehicles until repaired. GM has insisted the recalled vehicles are safe to drive as long as all extra weight has been taken off the key ring.

Attorneys argue that grounding the vehicles is the only sure-fire way to guarantee there will be no more injuries.

General Motors announced the ignition switch recall in February and expanded it twice to eventually affect over 2.5 million vehicles. Faulty ignition switches in the vehicles can cause the engine to shut off suddenly while owners are operating the vehicle. At least 13 deaths have been linked to the defective ignition switches.

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