GM recall hitting home for Piedmont residents

GREENSBORO, N.C. — General Motors has announced 29 recalls this year, which includes almost 14 million cars, trucks and SUVs.

Fixing all those vehicles requires a lot of parts, which is why GM says it could be October before it finishes making part kits to fix almost three million cars with faulty ignition switches.

“The way I understand it is when you’re driving, everything locks up. The airbag doesn’t deploy, your breaks don’t work, the engine shuts off, and you’re driving pretty much dead in the water,” said Charlie Huggett, a Chevy Cobalt owner in Greensboro.

He says the recall is even more concerning, because it’s something he can’t get fixed.

“For the past month and a half, I’ve called [the dealership] and they’ve explained to me, ‘we don’t have parts in, call back next week. We don’t have the parts in, call back next week,’” said Huggett.

In a statement posted on the General Motors web site, the company says, “Parts production is running seven days a week in multi-shift operations. We are buying new machinery and equipment to make parts quickly. We are working with [our supplier] to get two additional production lines up and running this summer. Our plan is to produce enough repair parts by October to fix the majority of the vehicles impacted by the ignition switch and ignition cylinder recalls.”

Huggett’s dealership has offered to get him a rental car, but he would have to pay the deposit.



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