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Amid Backed Up Repairs, GM Recalls Eight Million More Cars

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General motors issued six safety recalls on Monday, affecting 8.4 million cars worldwide, with 7.6 million of those in the United States.      

Most of the cars in this recall are older-model - again, diagnosed with a faulty ignition switch that can cause a car to shut off while driving. The news comes as local dealers are still months behind on repairing the recalls announced earlier this year.

"I'm not very happy with GM. They should've realized this before hand," said Diane Garren, Erie resident and owner of a 2010 Chevy Cobalt, a car that was recalled in late March for the faulty ignition switch. She's been waiting six weeks - and counting - for the repair.

"People have actually been killed with this problem, and I thought (the delay) was ridiculous," Garren said.

Hallman Chevrolet on State Street in Erie replaces more than 50 faulty ignition switches every week.

"We have guys coming in early, staying late, coming in on Saturday specifically to do the recalls to accommodate the customers as quickly as possible," said Gene Friedman, service manager at Hallman Chevrolet.

But with the necessary parts shipping slowly from GM customers are waiting between two weeks and two months for the fix.

"We've ordered 600 parts and we've gotten about 300 of them in, and we've repaired about 250," Friedman said. "Obviously our main goal is to get everyone serviced as quickly as possible."

However, doesn't expect to have parts from GM to service the expanded list of recalled cars for about a month.

Cars in the latest recall include:
    1997-2005 Chevrolet Malibu
    1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue
    1999-2004 Oldsmobile Alero
    1999-2005 Pontiac Grand Am
    2000-2005 Chevrolet Impala and Monte Carlo
    2004-2008 Pontiac Grand Prix
    2003-2014 Cadillac CTS
    2004-2006 Cadillac SRX   

This latest recall brings GM's total to more than 28 million cars this year. At a minimum cost of $200 per ignition switch repair, it's creating a big bill for General Motors.

The company estimates $2.5 billion in repair charges this year, and plan to pay millions more for the victims of the faulty ignition switch, which has been linked to 13 deaths.
 
"I still have to drive it, I don't have any other transportation and I still work," Garren said.

For customers on the new recall list or still waiting for repairs, GM is advises drivers to take any key chains or other weights off the car key.
"Until additional parts arrive, the vehicle is safe to drive with just the single key in the ignition," Friedman said.

In a press release last month, GM stated, "With parts production running seven days a week on multiple shifts, General Motors plans to produce enough repair parts by October to have the ability to repair the majority of the vehicles impacted by the ignition switch and ignition cylinder recalls."

The company has not yet released a repair part production timeline for the expanded list of recalled cars.

  


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