Many of our Maryland readers drive a car manufactured by General Motors. This is also true among those in other parts of the country.
A recent GM recall of 2.6 million cars with faulty ignition switches has led to many people visiting a local dealer for a repair. While this is something that many people are sure to do, ensuring that the defective part does not lead to a motor vehicle accident, it is likely that others will opt against this.
Approximately one third of all vehicles recalled by automakers are never repaired. Experts note that there are many reasons for this, including the fact that they believe the mail from their automaker is nothing more than junk. Others don’t feel that the problem is a safety risk, or they simply do not have the time to have the repair completed.
There are reasons why so many people will opt against repairs related to the GM recall. For instance, since older model cars are involved, they are likely to have had more than one owner over the years. This makes it challenging for the automaker to find the current owner.
Even if a large number of these vehicles are repaired, those that are left on the road with a defective ignition switch are dangerous to the driver and others.
GM is doing its best to help owners of these vehicles get their vehicle repaired in a fast and efficient manner. Unfortunately, there are going to be many on the road who don’t do this for one reason or another. As a result, they have a better chance of being involved in a motor vehicle accident.
Source: Click On Detroit, “Many recalled GM cars won’t be repaired” Chris Isidore, Apr. 21, 2014