GM recall affecting local dealers

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - More than 20 million cars have been recalled this year alone, and almost 18 million of them have been in the United States.

Also, replacement parts for those vehicles are months on backlog and patience and confidence is running low in Central Arkansas.

"I have a three-year-old and a five-month old," said Alicia Austin of Conway, who drives a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. "I paid for a car and I expect it to be safe for my children. I shouldn't have to worry about driving to the store to go get them formula or diapers."

Austin's Impala is one of the many cars on the recall list, which has now extended to 44 separate recalls.

The recall getting the most attention is for a faulty ignition switch. GM says if you haven't been able to get your car serviced yet to remove everything from your keychain, including the fob, for safety reasons. Otherwise it's just a waiting game until the parts come in.

"We took it to the dealer this morning and they said that it could take up to two months to even go into the registry because they ran the pin number and nothing showed up," continued Austin.

In an email to THV11, General Motors spokesperson Alan Adler said, "The issues should be taken seriously, but there is nothing to suggest not driving the vehicles. We have and are making a lot of changes."

There is no word on when those changes will be made, but the recalls are estimated to cost General Motors more than $600 million in parts and repairs.


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