DENVER (CBS4) – Denverite Deannah Burke says she’s lucky no one was hurt when her 2006 Chevy Cobalt suddenly stopped running in the middle of the street.
“I drove over a pothole going probably 30 miles an hour and the car just shut off,” Burke said.
A year later General Motors issued a recall for her car for that very issue. GM says if the keys are too heavy and you hit a bump of some sort it could move the ignition switch out of the “Run” position.
Burke called the dealer to set up an appointment and was into the dealership within the week. But the fix didn’t happen overnight.
“They didn’t have the parts and they didn’t know when they were going to have the parts, so they didn’t really have a time frame for me,” she said.
Burke was given a rental car while her car sat in the shop for more than three weeks.
GM officials say the problem until now was that the part maker has had only one assembly line building the replacment switch, which has meant there have been a majority of the defective cars out on the streets.
Rep. Dianne DeGette (D-Denver), who is leading the Congressional investigation into GM’s response, is among those concerned such cars are still on the road.
“These cars should absolutely not be sold or purchased without the repairs being done,” DeGette said.
Burke is just hoping car owners are paying attention and staying on top of additional recalls.
“It’s definitely scary, and a real issue, I think,” she said.
GM says the fix on the newly recalled vehicles will only be changes to the key
If you’re car is on that new list owners should remove everything from their keychains and drive with only the key in the ignition.
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