Waiting for GM recall repairs

WICHITA, Kansas — Drivers impacted by the recent GM recall may be in for a longer wait than first thought.

The 57 cent part that’s caused the recall of more than 2.5 million vehicles was expected to arrive Monday at dealerships nationwide. KSN learned most dealerships across Kansas, specifically in Wichita, have not yet received the first shipment of parts.

“If you have the vehicle, you come in and if the parts are in stock, it’s quick,” said Sean Tarbell, Vice President of Davis-Moore Auto Group. Tarbell told KSN it should only take a few hours to repair recalled vehicles once the parts come in.

As many as 300 drivers in Wichita alone could be impacted by the GM ignition recall.

“We would guess that it would take about 30 days to maybe 45 days until all of those vehicles are taken care of,” said Tarbell.

A majority of the problems identified in the recall come from defective ignition switches.

The recall applies to the following vehicles:
– 2003-2007 Saturn Ion
– 2005-2010 Chevy Cobalt
– 2006-2011 Chevy HHR
– 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice
– 2007-2010 Saturn Sky
– 2007-2010 Pontiac G5

The switch is tied to at least 13 deaths.

Until the parts arrive, GM will continue paying for rental cars for anyone impacted by the recall who does not feel safe driving.

“Call us or come in and just have us check it out,” said Tarbell. “It doesn’t take any time to put their VIN in the computer, pull it up, see if it’s an actual affected vehicle… and if it is, the sooner we get them on the list, the better,” he continued.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is still investigating why GM took as many as ten years to issue the recall.

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