Parts supply may delay repair work on recalled vehicles

Published: Jul. 11, 2014 at 4:15 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 11, 2014 at 6:00 PM EDT
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Lowcountry residents who received a safety recall letter from General Motors concerning a defect may have noticed the letter also states parts are not currently available to fix the problem. GM plans to notify vehicle owners when the parts are available.

GM recalled over 20 million vehicles this year and CEO Mary Barra says more recalls maybe on the way.

"You got to remember it effects millions of cars. So they don't immediately have millions of parts but they will end up taking care of all of them. They just have to catch up with the demand," Jimmy's Auto Care Center shop manager Matthew Anderson says.

In the meantime, motorists can call their local GM dealer and schedule an appointment based on when more parts are available. They can have the problem fixed sooner rather than later by a different mechanic, but they will have to pay for it.

"Basically that's going to be a GM thing. I mean, we can do the necessary repairs and everything you know. Right here at Jimmy's but really you know it will be free at the dealer and unfortunately we would have to charge," Anderson says.

For some recalls, there are a few but simple steps that you can take in order to decrease your risk of a crash.

"When your keys are in the ignition, in the steering column or in the dash, in the on position, you hit a bump and bounce it jerks the key and flips back to the off position. Which could engage the steering wheel lock, obviously lose all of your power steering and your brakes go back to a manual state," Anderson says.

This particular recall involves models that have a key that has a slot instead of a small circle for the key ring. So drivers can lessen the problem by removing as much extra weight as possible from the key ring.

"Ultimately you should only probably have you know your house key maybe the remote and another key on it. Keep it as light as possible," Anderson says.

Recalls are based on national safety standards and experts say you should have your car fixed as soon as possible to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you.

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