DETROIT, Mich. (WOOD)– Starting Monday, owners of six General Motors’ models can get their vehicles fixed following the ignition switch recall.
More than 2.6 million cars are being recalled. The first repairs are available for model years 2003 through 2007. Those models include the Chevrolet Cobalt, the Chevrolet HHR, the Pontiac G5, the Pontiac Solstice, the Saturn Ion, and the Saturn Sky.
Officials with General Motors say the later models that were recallled will have parts available soon. The faulty ignition switch can be bumped, switching the car off while the car is still driving, and disable the power steering, power braking and the airbags. The problem is linked to at least 13 deaths. General Motors announced the recall two months ago but company officials admit they knew about the problem back in 2004.
If you own one of the recalled models, GM officials say the fix will take about 30 minutes and there will be no cost to replace the switch. GM says all of the vehicles are safe to drive until owners can get them into a dealer. However, officials with the automaker say you shouldn’t have anything extra attached to your key ring until you can get your car fixed.