In case you hadn't heard, General Motors is desperate to get its ignition switch recalls completed. It's trying so hard, in fact, that it's offering $250 credits to an unspecified gift shop to service and parts managers at dealerships that are able to install 90 percent of the ignition switches allotted by July 7.

While warranty work is generally a boon for a dealership's bottom line, individual incentives for employees – aside from the chance for overtime – are far more rare. Take that as a sign of how serious GM is about getting repairs done lickety-split.

In addition to the $250 prize, GM will reward 50 dealerships with $4,000 in credits, which can be split among sales and service personnel as part of the Ignition Switch Recall Completion Initiative." Finally, one dealership will be randomly chosen for a $10,000 prize.

While it's sufficiently incentivized its dealership employees, it'll all be for naught if GM can't get customers to bring their cars in for work. Considering this, the embattled automaker has announced a pair of programs aimed at informing customers, who will soon begin receiving notifications via a new email campaign. On the dealer side, the company has also eased restrictions on ordering repair kits, allowing managers to place orders without an attached VIN.


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      barbwire
      • 6 Months Ago
      Waiting for my call or email
      Phoneboy101
      • 6 Months Ago
      I scheduled the repair on my Solstice when I got the letter. I think it's been a couple months. No word at all. I'm not too worried about my keys falling out and killing me - there are many more likely ways I'd die in the Solstice - but I hope they don't forget about me.
        bootsnchaps60
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Phoneboy101
        Are you unable to call them back? Or is it more productive for you to sit back and complain about not being called back?
      SloopJohnB
      • 6 Months Ago
      Not much of a bonus since 25% is the average percentage of cars that DON'T get recalls done. They'll be lucky to hit 80%.
      scott3
      • 6 Months Ago
      Why is it the media like here and Larry never speak of all the factors in the accidents? GM did make a switch that could have an issue but not all of them are and should be held accountable for them. But what about the crashes. Information is out there on 12 of the 13 crashes but yet no one speaks of the failures that also lead to the deaths. Here are some facts few publish or speak of. 4 of the drivers were drunk or on Drugs. 7 of the victims were not wearing belts. 1 was having was observed slumped over the wheel with epileptic seizure accelerating to 75 MPH before crashing,. in a hand full of the crashes speed was a major factor. 2 died when they were hit head on by a drunk driver and were both not belted in. The fact is while the key off may have been the catalisyst for the accidents the mitigating circumstances on the driver or passenger may have lead to their deaths as much or more then just the key going off alone. The fact is in most of these cases the car would stall and the driver would just putt to the side of the road or go to neutral and restart the car. inconvenient but not something that would be considered a deadly situation. People have this happen daily due to poor maintenance or other mechanical issues. Some other misunderstood fact too. The steering does not lock in this case The car is very steerable yet The vacuum is still held in the booster and would provide 2-3 steps on the brakes with vacuum assist. That is more than enough to stop the car. A check valve holds the negative pressure and provides the back up. Read the Car and Driver test of the failures in the Aug page 19 edition. They are so far one of the few that has been looking at other factors in play here. The reality is most drivers in control of them self and wearing proper safety equipment would have survived or not even crashed. An air bag is supplemental and not the first line of safety as the belt is the first line. Often no belt can lead to more injuries with the air bag involved as evidenced over the years with neck and back injuries. Like I said GM should not be absolved of all fault here as they did play a part in this. Note I said a part as in the 12 known cases there are only two that either did not turn up mitigating circumstances or there were non. In cases where people dies due to OVI or not wearing provided safety equipment they should be held responsible for their actions. Automakers can only go so far to protect people no matter what brand and it is up to the people to protect themselves with what is provided and be aware of what to due if something does go wrong. Every time you get behind the wheel you are taking a risk and you are accepting that risk. I would recommend that you seek out all the facts here as like Paul Harvey used to say "And here is the rest of the story".
        nitrostreet
        • 6 Months Ago
        @scott3
        Scott, I've got a 2004 Cavalier which should be similar to the Cobalt steering wheel and I always assumed that the steering wheel locked until I read what you wrote, I just went out to the garage and the steering wheel does not lock in the "off" position, it doesn't even lock when you pull the key all the way out so you are right about that, anyone who doesn't believe that just needs to find one on a used car lot and see for yourself....
      scott3
      • 6 Months Ago
      Here is a run down of the crashes. Marie Sachse 81 Mo, Car was in accessory No belt in use confirmed. Amber Rose 16 Md Car was in accessory, Unbelted confirmed speed 69 MPH in 25 zone Blood Alcohol was .17 Amy Rademaker 15 Wi Car was in accessory Unbelted confirmed. No one in the car had a belt. Speed 71 MPH Back seat passenger was also killed due to no belt. Amy Breen 42 Oh Car was in accessory. Belt Unconfirmed. She was seen slumped over the wheel in a suspected epileptic seizure. The car was estimated at leaving the road at up to 75 MPH. Zach Schoenbauch 19 and Joe Harding 19 Mi. Car in accessory Driver belted passenger not belted. Drivers Blood Alcohol was .12. Speed was reported to be between 65-93 MPH and the car was reported airborne in one story. Grace Elliot 13 Ester Matthews 73 PA. Car in accessory. They were both hit head on by a drunk driver who went left of center. Both wore no belts. Dan Marquis 23 Quebec Car in accessory and not much more information given Belt unconfirmed. Haysaya Chansuthus 25 Tn Car in accessory She did wear a belt and the belt failed Her blood alcohol was .19 Gene Erickdon 25 Passenger. Car in accessory. Passenger unbelted and the driver was under the influence of drugs with enough evidence to convict and settled with a plea. Shara Towne 37 CA car in accessory She was wearing a belt. All info here was found in more than one story by the Detroit News and New York Times. If you do your research you can gleam information from each story to put it together. Note none of these cars steering wheels locked and all were still drivable and had vacuum to the brakes before the crash. It is likely the cars went into accessory before or during the crash rendering the back off. It is also likely that the lack of belt use has contributed to the death and additional injuries suffered. It is very possible the death count would be half. Speed, drugs and alcohol were a direct factor or secondary factor in these cases as well as an illness. As for GM's messed up culture it was no secret and was a topic of two books. On a clear day you can see GM as well as Bob Lutz Car Guys vs. Bean Counters. Like so much today the media likes to leave and edit news to their benefit. You know the if it bleeds it leads stories of evil large companies and poor innocent victims that had no part in their own deaths. The 13 Victim there is still no info on. You can take these names and read the many stories on them. Some tell the limited tale while others add information from the crash reports in parts of the story. There is no one story that has all the facts. I would love to see Autoblog take the lead here and get all the crash reports and just give the facts. Take no side one way or the other and let those in the public decide on this story. I believe there were many more non injury fender benders than anything. No one would have documented these and most people would have no injury.
        • 6 Months Ago
        @scott3
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          scott3
          • 6 Months Ago
          The truth is the truth and the is no other way around it. They can vote down all they want but it will not change the facts. If no speaks up the lies become the de facto truth. If anyone can provide different factual information I am all for it but they will not and just toss more lies on the fire. If the switch was a death sentence as some would like to make it we would have a lot more fatalities that are documented. Like stated I would be willing to bet thee may have been a lot more fender benders than we will ever know but the fact is in the documented cases there were circumstances beyond just the ignition. Trust me if there were more clear cut cases the media would have posted them by now so they just stick with these as for the best that they have. Note too most of these cases have settled with GM already too. Some are trying to reopen the cases but that is pending. The one girls mother is the most vocal and she gave her daughter up for adoption. Her adopted parents have settled but the birth Mother right now I believe is out for money. She was not in the girls life for 15 of her 16 years but now is in front of ever mic she can get. The other case of the parents of the girl in WI that was in the back seat. they are upset GM does not count her.That is why the count is 13 and 12 deaths. She was un belted in the back seat and the non function air bag was not a factor in her death, She would have dies no matter what happened in the front seat. The real issue is how air bags work here as most people think they are armed all the time. Even many in the industry do not know as there really are no standard to how air bags function as long as they are in the car. Each company has algorithms that detect the car and what is going on and when or how to deploy the air bags and retracting seat belts. Most people here may not know that there are charges in the seat belts in GM and many other cars the go off to tension the belts to keep the people back in their seats. This is to help protect people from facial injuries and neck injuries. The bags today are two stage and can go off soft or hard depending on what the car senses. The old bags had one setting and did a lot of damage. Having had a bag go off on me once I can tell you even the lesser setting is harsh as I had bruises, burns and cuts from the air bag and I did not even hit anything hard. I really challenge Autoblog to take the lead here and report all the facts here and lay out each case. their readers should know this information.
          • 6 Months Ago
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          scott3
          • 6 Months Ago
          As they say in the media if it bleeds it leads.
          • 6 Months Ago
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          carguy1701
          • 5 Months Ago
          scott3: The one girls mother is the most vocal and she gave her daughter up for adoption. Her adopted parents have settled but the birth Mother right now I believe is out for money. She was not in the girls life for 15 of her 16 years but now is in front of ever mic she can get. Do y'all have a link to this story?
      churchmotor
      • 6 Months Ago
      They better hurry, GM will be bankrupt soon.
      Larry Litmanen
      • 6 Months Ago
      GM should start its own Cash for Clunkers, if you bring a car that is affected by this ignition issue you get a $5K discount from any GM vehicle. Keep the buyer within a family.
        ChaosphereIX
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Larry Litmanen
        AND THERE HE IS! Just shut up already man, we get you don't like GM. I don't like Honda. You don't hear me scream about it every 5 seconds do you? ...And yet the funny thing is GM has already done that, there are big incentives on a new car purchase if you have a recalled vehicle. For our store, it is lumped into the "discontinued brand" loyalty bonus. But still...trolls should be burned with fire.
        bootsnchaps60
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Larry Litmanen
        For a car that may now be worth less than $5k because it didn't hold its value, recall aside? Not going to happen if a specific problem like the switch can be fixed.
          Larry Litmanen
          • 6 Months Ago
          @bootsnchaps60
          Don't worry everyone, Alfolso went to an inner city school...............he never really had a chance.
        vigorpat
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Larry Litmanen
        Figured it would be a matter of time before douchenozzle would put his two cents in the conversation
      thecommentator2013
      • 6 Months Ago
      Commies get a hard-on from bashing GM.
        hokkaido76
        • 6 Months Ago
        @thecommentator2013
        Yeah, we know that GM shills come down with a serious case of butthurt from these articles. You don't need to make that more apparent..........
          carguy1701
          • 6 Months Ago
          @hokkaido76
          Uh, scott3 raised a valid point. A not insignificant number of these crashes involved people driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Hell, this bit made me mad as hell: "The one girls mother is the most vocal and she gave her daughter up for adoption. Her adopted parents have settled but the birth Mother right now I believe is out for money. She was not in the girls life for 15 of her 16 years but now is in front of ever mic she can get. " I cannot stand behavior like that.
          scott3
          • 6 Months Ago
          @hokkaido76
          Fact are facts no matter what brand. I will questions and respond to any story on any MFG if the facts are not give or give fairly or correctly. I do not trust the media and I am disappointed most of the media has pandered not to report the news but rather pander to the public.
      churchmotor
      • 6 Months Ago
      LOL at yonomo3 making up a list and blaming POORLY engineered GM cars on the owners of the cars. Typical UAW scum.
        scott3
        • 6 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        Thanks 200. He does not bother me as I posted the details and those who are of a sound mind can read them and take the names and locate the facts themselves. Trolls are just internet hemorrhoids but they can stop us from posting all the information. The down vote mean nothing to me as they so not change the facts as stated. I am more pissed at the media that distorts so much anymore and the apathetic society that just accept it as so many just do not know any better. Just look at the IRS crime and how few are reporting all the facts clearly and how few people know or care. Today they may be attacking the Tea Party and next they could attack any of us because we speak out on something that those in office do not like. Nixon used them now Obama it is only a matter of time they are used as an attack arm again.
      churchmotor
      • 6 Months Ago
      So GM's "ghost blogger" campaign is in full swing I see. Sad they are in full campaign mode trying to make the poor people that bought the GM vehicles out to be the criminals. This stinks like Hillary Clinton's war on women. Where Hillary defends a rapist and makes the victim out to be the criminal with lies and misinformation.
      t
      • 6 Months Ago
      GM please recall our 2011 Chevrolet Volt. We are/were DIE HARD GM fans. We have been hit twice now, in two serious wrecks, HARD, in our Volt, and no air bag deployment. My spouse was SERIOUSLY injured. We filed a complaint through your corp headquarters, and we filed a complaint through the NHTSA ID Number: 10573309, and still haven't heard ANYTHING. I love my spouse, I could not imagine being a widower at the age of 33. We are afraid to drive it, we are afraid to sell it, we are afraid. It has sat since January 2014! PLEASE fix our car! I hate to admit, but the reward process does work, but it would be better to supplement the OWNERS of the faulty product with the same amount they are giving the dealer.
      taeles
      • 6 Months Ago
      Aanndd a year from now we'll get a recall for the ignition switch recall due to dealerships installing the fix improperly.
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