General Motors is having trouble tracking down and reaching nearly 140,00 owners of Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars involved in the initial ignition switch recall, according to Automotive News.
In a document filed with safety regulators, GM said it has been unable to mail recall notices to about 6 percent of the 2.2 million owners it mailed notices to. It also cannot find who owns 18 of the cars. This not uncommon for recalls with older cars as often they change hands multiple times or are scrapped or stolen. Data acquired by AN shows the scrappage rate for cars between the 2005 and 2010 model years is about 7 to 18 percent.
GM’s recall website, which the company must maintain with up-to-date information, indicated the company had replaced 693,056 ignition switches as of Monday, accounting for 27 percent of the 2.6 million cars recalled. Two weeks prior, that number stood at 549,628, indicating dealerships are actually repairing cars at a steady pace of 10,000 cars a day.
Many of the repairs cannot be done until the proper repair parts from GM’s supplier, Delphi automotive, are available. Delphi said it will ship 2 million of the switches by the end of the month. GM said this should give them enough parts to perform the majority of the repairs by October.