140k Owners of Recalled GM Vehicles Can't Be Contacted by the Automaker

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As if the 30 million sub-standard vehicles weren't enough of a handful for General Motors, the company has recently told the NHTSA a very worrying thing: close to 140,000 owners of cars called in by GM over faulty ignition switches cannot be reached.
If you're curious why, the automaker highlights that those deadly Chevrolet Cobalts, Saturn Ions and other nameplates affected by the glitchy ignition switches have changed owners several times over the years. You don't say? It takes the smallest amount of common sense to come to that conclusion. Moreover, if you know cars, then you know that the Cobalt and Ion aren't the type of cars to keep more than 3 years because they're downright awful.

Truth be told, some of these vehicles were clearly scrapped, while others have been relocated to other parts of the world. These might be some really tough nuts to crack, but General Motors needs to do its duty and track down those cars because people's lives are at risk here. Speaking of dubious GM practices, did you know that the Recall Center website is not working properly? After you input the VIN of your car in the search bar, the result shows if your car is part of a recall only if the repair parts are in inventory.

6 percent of the 2.2 million recall notices that have been mailed up to this point have been returned to the automaker as "undeliverable." Despite this setback, General Motors informs that as of Monday, 693,056 cars affected by the problematic ignition switches have been fixed. That translates to 27 percent of the 2.6 million cars included in this campaign. At the present moment, U.S. dealerships are fixing some 10,000 vehicles fitted with faulty switches on a daily basis, which is fairly good all things considered.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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