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Replacement parts for GM recalled cars not here yet

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(04/07/14) - GM dealers had hoped that replacement ignition switches for recalled cars would start arriving on Monday - but they're not here yet.

ABC12 News checked with a number of GM dealers in Mid-Michigan and none had received the redesigned ignition switches. One dealer said it may be a couple more weeks before they arrive.

The General Motors supplier hired to produce the parts will have to turn out about 3 million switches to replace all of those in recalled Cobalts, Ions and other small GM cars. The faulty switches can turn off an engine, leaving air bags and power steering inoperative. Thirteen deaths can be blamed on the defect.

When a car owner gets the recall letter from General Motors, that person should call the dealer mentioned in the letter or their preferred GM dealer and have the vehicle identification number and mileage at hand. An appointment will be set up and arrangements made for a loaner car or rental, if needed.

At Simms Chevrolet in Clio, there are 10 cars in the parking lot waiting for the parts to arrive. Twelve other cars will be brought in soon and 50 others are possible. Service department technicians are going to be busy for the next few weeks.  

"We're expecting a couple of hours per repair. However, due to the volume that we'll have and the bottlenecking of repair, we're expecting people to leave the car with us the entire day. The phone has been ringing off the hook and we're answering the questions with the best knowledge we have here," said Jim Simms, of Simms Chevrolet.

Even after the repair is made, General Motors is recommending that no other keys be added to the key ring. Only have the ignition key and the fob on the key ring.

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