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  • GM now replacing faulty ignition switches in recalled cars
  • Thousands of switches shipped to dealers, more on the way
  • Ignition recall affects 2.2 million cars in U.S.

General Motors has officially started replacing faulty ignition switches in a highly publicized recall that affects more than 2 million cars in the U.S. That's the latest from the automaker, which notes that thousands of new ignition switches have been shipped to dealers, with more on the way.

According to a recent letter from the automaker to owners of 1.4 million affected Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn vehicles, the new ignition switches are now reaching dealerships, which means owners can begin scheduling appointments to have their current ignition switches replaced. The next round of affected owners -- some 800,000 in the U.S. -- should soon receive notices informing them of the same information.

The ignition switches are at the heart of a highly publicized recall involving six General Motors models sold in the U.S.: the 2005-07 Chevrolet Cobalt and 2006-07 HHR, the 2005-07 Pontiac G5 and 2006-07 Solstice and the 2003-07 Saturn Ion and 2007 Sky. The recall was initiated because ignition switches in these models could fail if too much weight (from a keychain, for example) is applied to the keys when they're in the ignition.

Publicity around the recall has swelled following allegations that General Motors knew of the problem several years ago and didn't immediately address it. The recall has also captured headlines because faulty ignition switches have been linked to more than a dozen deaths since the problem first began to develop.

According to General Motors, replacement of the ignition switch in an affected vehicle takes about 90 minutes. The automaker also says that the work can be performed in any of its 4,300 service departments nationwide.

What it means to you: If you're driving a vehicle affected by the General Motors ignition-switch recall, it's time to make an appointment to replace the potentially faulty part.

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General Motors Replacing Faulty Ignition Switches - Autotrader