General Motors has announced it has shipped thousands of kits which include ignition switches, ignition cylinders and key sets for those vehicles which are subject to the automaker’s widely publicized safety recall.
GM says it mailed letters last week to about 1.4 million owners of 2003-2007 models involved in the recall telling them to contact their local dealer to make an appointment for repairs, which it estimated should take about
30 90 minutes. The letter noted wait times may vary depending on how busy the dealership is.
Owners of affected models built between the 2008-2011 model years will receive a letter in early May confirming their vehicle’s inclusion in the recall. A second letter alerting them of when parts are available will soon follow, GM said.
Service departments are replacing ignition switches that may fail to meet GM’s torque specifications and as a result, may unintentionally move into the ‘off’ or ‘accessory’ positions. Ignition cylinders in certain models also will be replaced, as the current cylinder may allow the removal of the key while the engine is still running, which may lead to a roll away situation or a crash.
GM once again stressed it is “very important that customers remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the vehicle key.”