General Motors ignition switch fix is gaining momentum. The first several thousand replacement kits, including new ignition switches, ignition cylinders and key sets, have been shipped out to dealers. GM also sent out the first 1.4 million recall letters to affected owners last week to let them schedule the repair. That is a little over half of the roughly 2.6 million vehicles that need their parts replaced.

The letter tells owners of affected models from between 2003 and 2007 that GM is ready for them to schedule the repair. The replacement parts should take around 90 minutes to install, it claims. Owners of 2008-2011 vehicles will have to wait a few more weeks for the recall to begin. The automaker will send a letter to them in early May, and they will receive a second letter later alerting them that the parts are available. In the meantime, the company advises them to drive with nothing more than their car key on their keyring.

This is the first solid data on the number of vehicles being worked on. In a recent report, GM spokesperson Jim Cain wouldn't discuss a specific figure of repaired vehicles. "We're on track," he said to Autoblog. "Every day, parts availability improves." Scroll down to read the automaker's full announcement.
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GM Shipping Ignition Parts and Dealer Repairs Underway

DETROIT – General Motors has shipped thousands of kits consisting of ignition switches, ignition cylinders and key sets for older model small cars subject to a safety recall.

Letters were mailed last week to about 1.4 million owners of 2003-2007 models telling them to contact a GM dealer to make an appointment for repairs, which should take about 90 minutes. Wait times may be longer depending on the busyness of a particular dealership.

Owners of 2008-2011 models subject to the recall will receive a letter in early May confirming their inclusion in the recall. Another letter alerting them when parts are available will follow.

GM's 4,300 dealer service departments are replacing ignition switches that may fail to meet GM's torque specification. The ignition switch may unintentionally move from the "run" position to the "accessory" or "off" position with a corresponding reduction or loss of power. Dealers also are replacing ignition cylinders that can allow removal of the ignition key while the engine is running, leading to a possible rollaway, crash and occupant or pedestrian injuries.

The vehicles covered are model years:

2003-2007 Saturn Ion
2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice
2007-2010 Pontiac G5
2007-2010 Saturn Sky
2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR
Until recall repairs are made, it is very important that customers remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the vehicle key. If there is a key fob, it also should be removed from the key ring. Owners of manual transmission vehicles should be sure the ignition is in the "Off" position and set to reverse gear with the parking brake set before removing the key. Owners of vehicles with automatic transmission should be sure the vehicle is in "Park" before removing the key.

About General Motors Co.
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    • 1 Second Ago
      Jason Steward
      • 1 Year Ago
      ******* finally, I've been in a rental for 2 weeks. Originally told when I was given the rental that the parts were expected that day.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Got my 05 Cobalt back yesterday. Ignition feels nice and sturdy.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Still shocked no one has mentioned Rick Wagoner...
        Floyd Wilson
        • 1 Year Ago
        The GOTP will never mention Ricky after all he was their darling that the big bad Obama fired when the government took over. He is probably parasailing with his golden parachute.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I left my Cobalt at the local Ford dealer. I will send back a letter to let GM know that they can find it there.
        Floyd Wilson
        • 1 Year Ago
        Enjoy your taxpayer funded Brazilian junk heap. Hopefully it doesn't burn your house down like Fords are wont to do.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I just picked up my 2006 Cobalt from the dealer yesterday with the new ignition kit installed. I was surprised to get a call so early, figuring Canada would not be priority. There is a noticeable difference in the ignition switch. I had a rental vehicle for 26 days from Enterprise paid for by GM.
      NAIF S
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thousands shipped, 1.4 million notified. Sounds like a math problem.
      • 1 Year Ago
      ~While driving a Cobalt, Karl Stracke, vice president of global vehicle engineering, was blunt: "Look at this car, it's horrible. How did this get through so many people."~
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hey NAÏF it's called reading, you know that left to right thing usually starting at the top . It says several thousand kits have been sent, and 1.4 million notifications have been sent out.
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