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GM Ignition Parts Begin Shipping to Dealers

General Motors finally has some good news to share about its ignition recall, as the company announced today that ignition parts have begun shipping to dealers. Last week, the company mailed letters to 1.4 million owners of affected 2003-2007 models instructing them to make appointments for repairs. Owners of 2008-2011 model GM cars—which were later added to the recall—will be notified in early May, with parts replacement for these models to follow when more parts arrive.

The thousands of kits sent to dealers comprise of ignition switches, ignition cylinders, and new key sets. GM says repairs should take approximately 90 minutes per car depending on the busyness of various dealer service centers. Until the vehicles are repaired, GM is continuing to urge customers to remove all items from their key rings other than the vehicle key.

The GM vehicles affected by the ignition recall include the 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt, 2003-2007 Saturn ION, 2007-2010 Pontiac G5, 2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR, 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice, and 2007-2010 Saturn Sky. Initially, the recall focused on the defective ignition switches that could allow the switch to unintentionally move from "run" to "off," resulting in a loss of power and disabling of the airbags. Then, the recall was expanded to include the ignition cylinder that may allow removal of the key while the engine is running. As a result of the recall, GM yesterday announced a major reorganization of its engineering department.