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Ignition switch replacement parts start arriving in Mid-Michigan

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(04/14/14) - Ignition switch replacement parts are starting to arrive in Mid-Michigan. Repairs could begin soon.

The parts were supposed to start arriving one week ago.

Jim Simms, co-owner of Simms Chevrolet in Clio, says his dealership received some Monday.

"We got three in today. We're expecting about 80," he says. "Each part is tied to a VIN number, so we don't get to determine which vehicles get repaired first."

General Motors has recalled more than two million older Chevrolet Cobalts, Saturn Ions and other cars for faulty ignition switches tied to 13 deaths.

Last week, GM said it need to repair another part in some of the same compact cars because the keys can come out of the slot while the engine is running.

GM and its CEO have been in the hot seat, not just with the public, but with the federal government too.

GM says it learned of issues with the ignition switch nearly 10 years ago, but didn't start recalling cars until February.

Simms says he expects parts to keep coming in every day now.

He says they're allowing about one to two hours per vehicle for repairs. Other inspections have to be done first before the part is replaced.

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