Local GM dealers prepare for recall repairs

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Local GM service centers are expecting to be busy over the next few weeks amid the latest recall that affects millions.

This makes the second major recall in less than a month for the automaker.

“All of our technicians, which I think are some of the best in the Wabash Valley, are ready for that recall. They’ve been trained on it, and we’re going to get the vehicles in and out,” said David Fuson, Vice President of Funson Automotive in Terre Haute.

The recall affects 10 different models with power steering concerns.

The vehicles include Chevy Malibu’s, Chevy HHR’s, Chevy Cobalt’s, as well as Saturn Aura’s, Ions, and the Pontiac G6’s.

“There’s 100,000 moving parts in these vehicles. If 100 parts fail that still a 99% success rate, and that’s just parts not even the 30 computers on board a vehicle. There’s a lot that goes on in a car and unfortunately these things happen,” Fuson said.

Earlier in March, GM recalled an additional 900,000 vehicles because of issues with the ignition switch. Fuson wants to remind drivers that downsizing the key ring could be the key to avoiding unnecessary repairs.

“That weight on that lock cylinder wears that spring out,” he stated.

If your vehicle is impacted by the recall you should receive a letter from GM, but there is another quick and easy way to find out.

“If a customer calls they’ll give us their VIN number and we’ll enter it into the General Motors database, and it will pop up if they have a recall or not,” Fuson explained

Until the parts come in, Fuson said there is no reason to be alarmed.

“Be patient. We are just waiting on the engineers to make sure the part they are putting in the ignition switch is going to work.”

They are expected to release more information on the repair process early next week.

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