General Motor has spent a month replacing ignition switches in vehicles it recalled since February. However, the Detroit Free Press reports of the 2.6 million cars affected by the recall only 47,000 have been repaired.
GM initiated the recall in February after reports and investigations found that faulty ignition units would switch from the “run” to the “off” position due to heavy key rings or when the car hits a bump. The recall includes a number of model 2003-2011 vehicles including the Saturn ION, Pontiac Solstice, and the Chevrolet Cobalt. The recall, which has been attributed to at least 13 deaths and led to a mounting number of lawsuits, was the catalyst to GM’s campaign to improve its safety procedures and recent surge in recalls of other models for a number of issues.
The automaker yesterday announced that product chief Mark Reuss will manage a handful of executives for the sole purpose of determining what vehicles need to be recalled. GM hopes the Reuss’ team will improve its response to safety issues. The move comes after CEO Mary Barra appointed Jeff Boyer to the newly created role of Vice President of Global Safety. Boyer has a team of 55 investigators searching for possible safety issues by sifting through past data and even online forums.