GM repairs for 2.3M recalled vehicles begins

Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., ranking member of the House Oversight and Investigations subcommittee, holds up a GM ignition switch while she questions General Motors CEO Mary Barra on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., ranking member of the House Oversight and Investigations subcommittee, holds up a GM ignition switch while she questions General Motors CEO Mary Barra on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The recalls for more than 2.3 million vehicles begin today.

General Motors is expected to start repairing faulty ignition switches in six recalled models. Owners can make appointments to have their vehicles repaired at dealerships, and are warned to take any heavy objects off their key rings while driving.

As of today, repairs are available for 2003-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and HHR, Pontiac G5 and Solstice, Saturn Sky and Saturn Ion.

Repairs to the ignition switches are expected to take between 30 and 45 minutes.

There is a risk that the ignition switch, if bumped, could switch out of the “run postion,” turning off power steering and causing the airbags not to deploy.

This could be caused by a bumpy road or even added weight, like a key chain or fob on a keychain.

GM said the vehicles are safe to drive, so long as anything heavy is removed from your key chain.

Any Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac dealer can perform the repairs.

Customers who are concerned about the safety of driving their vehicles are eligible for a courtesy car.

The following have been recalled:

2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt
2005-2007 Pontiac G5
2003-2007 Saturn Ion
2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR
2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit (Canada)
2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice
2007 Saturn Sky vehicles

Added to the list March 28, 2014

2008 – 2010 Pontiac Solstice
2008 – 2010 Pontiac G5
2008-2010 Saturn Sky
2008-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
2008-2011 Chevrolet HHR

 

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