GM Doesn't Have The Parts To Fix All The Recalled Cars Yet

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If you're an owner of one of the 1.4 million General Motors cars recalled over a faulty ignition switch blamed for airbag failures and cited in a dozen deaths, then you'll have to wait until April for a fix.

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While GM mailed out the recall notices to owners last week, CNN reports that owners have not yet been asked to bring in their cars to dealers yet because there aren't enough parts to fix them. As such, none of the recalled Cobalts, G5s, Ions, HHRs, Solstices and Skys have been repaired yet.

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CNN says that it's not unusual for this to happen considering the massive volume of the recall. Owners should be asked to bring their cars in sometime in April.

In the meantime, owners should lighten their key loads or take advantage of the $500 rebate offer for a new car if they're really inclined to buy another GM product.

The cost of the replacement ignition switch should be somewhere between $2 and $5 and should only take minutes to swap out, according to Fox News, although that of course will be free to owners under the recall.

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StalePhish

I got my recall letter on Thursday. It pretty much said what you described. Letting us know to disconnect the ignition key from the rest of your key chain as a temporary solution, and that they will mail us a second letter in April when we're cleared to go get the work done at the dealer.

I'm actually curious how they keep tabs on your updated contact information. I've moved since the original purchase of my G5 and I've bought another GM vehicle since. Do the Feds request auto registration info from each state involving the effected vehicles and then pass it along to General Motors for the mailing?