NHTSA Urges GM Vehicle Drivers to Get Ignition Switches Fixed
In recent months, General Motors’ trouble with faulty ignition switches that have caused serious car accidents and deaths has made national news. Nonetheless, thousands of GM vehicles remain on the road with dangerously defective ignition switches in place, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
As a result, the NHTSA urges owners of the recalled GM vehicles to get them fixed as soon as possible. A vehicle can be taken to any GM dealership, which will make the repair free of charge. Until the repair can be made, GM recommends that drivers “use only the ignition key with nothing else on the key ring,” according to the NHTSA’s website.
Vehicles affected by the recall include:
- Chevrolet Cobalt model years 2005-2010,
- Chevrolet HHR model years 2006-2011,
- Pontiac G5 model years 2007-2010,
- Pontiac Solstice model years 2006-2010,
- Saturn Ion model years 2003-2007,
- Saturn Sky model years 2007-2010.
Drivers with questions about their specific GM model can call the company for more information.
Despite the high-profile nature of the vehicle ignition switch problem, making repairs available to drivers has proceeded slowly. General Motors has discussed problems with finding replacement parts and with distributing them to dealerships so that repairs can be made. Nonetheless, repairs are being made, and consumers are urged to learn as much as they can and to get their vehicles fixed as soon as possible. An experienced Colorado car accident lawyer can also help you protect your legal rights if you suffer a car accident that may have been caused by a faulty ignition switch or other defect in a vehicle.