General Motors begins faulty ignition switch recall repairs

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General Motors began replacing faulty ignition switches Monday in more than one million cars.

Several deaths and accidents are blamed on the switches. Officials said the switch can be turned off while the vehicle is on the road by something as simple as a bump from a pothole. Turning off the switch then disables the power steering, power braking and airbags.

GM has linked 13 deaths to the problem. Others have a higher total, with the majority of victims under age 25.

GM recalled 2.6 million cars for the faulty switch. That recall prompted GM to name a new safety chief and review its recall processes. GM has recalled 6.3 million vehicles since February for various reasons.

The automaker said Monday it is still in the process of notifying customers as to when they can get their cars repaired, CNN reports.

GM’s instructions to vehicle owners say that "beginning April 7, parts will become available" for some of the six affected vehicle models.

The automaker told CNN that customers affected by the recall should make appointments at dealerships, and that more replacement parts for the massive recall would be available "as time goes on." GM expects to complete all repairs by October.

The fix is available for vehicles made from 2003 through 2007. Models include the Chevrolet Cobalt and HHR, the Pontiac G5 and Solstice and the Saturn Ion and Sky. Later models of those vehicles have also been recalled, and GM has said parts for those cars will be available later, according to CNN.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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