GM Ignition Switch Recall: Nearly 900,000 Vehicles Still Need Repairs

Jan 26, 2015 01:00 PM EST | Matt Mercuro

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A new document filed by General Motors on January 23 with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that almost 900,000 GM vehicles with potentially defective ignition switches are still being used.

The document says that out of a recall of approximately 2,190,934 vehicles, just 1,229,529 vehicles have been repaired by dealers. The total number of "unreachable" vehicles is up to 80,122, according to the Detroit automaker.

GM recalled the following vehicles over potentially defective ignition switches:

-2006-'11 Chevrolet HHR 

-2006-'10 Pontiac Solstice 

-2007-'10 Saturn Sky

-2005-'10 Chevrolet Cobalt 

-2005-'07 Pontiac G5 

-2003-'07 Saturn Ion 

The faulty ignition switches can affect the safe operation of the airbag systems, according to the NHTSA. There is a chance that switches can slip out of position, which can cause vehicles to stall and air bags to become disabled.

GM said to NHTSA that enough parts are available to fix all affected vehicles. Owners of recalled vehicles are encouraged to schedule a service appointment with a local dealer.

As of January 16, 2015, 49 people have died and 72 people have been injured in crashes linked to faulty ignition switches, according to the GM Ignition Compensation Claims Resolution Facility .

Those who are looking for compensation on behalf of victims of crashes linked to the faulty switches have until Jan. 31. The original deadline was December 31, but GM decided to extend it to give people enough time.

Lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, hired by GM to administer the program, believes it could take months after the deadline to finish all the paperwork and to make payments, according to USA Today.

Carfax released a study this weekend said 46 million cars in the U.S. have an unfixed recall. Five million of those vehicles were sold and purchased by unsuspecting customers last year along.

GM has set aside at least $400 million to cover its costs, and the amount of compensation has not been capped. 

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