U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who has written to the Justice Department twice since February urging them to take action in the General Motors recall debacle, asked CEO Mary Barra today for “clear and accurate information” on when repair parts will be available to all dealers, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Blumenthal said an informal survey of 34 GM dealers in his state of Connecticut showed that of the 14
which responded, 11 said they still hadn’t received replacement parts to repair an ignition switch defect which can be linked to 13 deaths and 32 crashes in North America. The survey was conducted by the Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association, Blumenthal said. In a letter to Barra, the senator claimed GM had “committed to supply such parts by the end of last week.”
“I call on GM to state how many dealerships have received replacement parts necessary for these repairs, and how soon the remaining parts will be delivered,” the letter read. “This information is vital to your customers’ safety – indeed, their lives – in driving your cars.”
GM has repeatedly stated the recalled vehicles are safe to drive as long as drivers remove unnecessary weight from their key chain, as additional weight could cause the key to be jostled out of place. Barra has also previously stated she would be comfortable with her teenage son driving one of the recalled models.