Congressional staff investigating the widening GM ignition switch recall of more than 2 million vehicles said there are indications GM approved the design of the switches in 2002, for popular cars such as the Chevy Cobalt, even though the company knew they did not meet specifications.
The new CEO of GM, Mary Barra testified on Capitol Hill last week about the safety defect that's been linked to at least 13 deaths and sparked a 2.6 million-vehicle recall. Los Angeles Times staff writer Jerry Hirsch has been following this story.
For consumers who drive Chevy Cobalts as well as select Saturns and Pontiacs involved with the recall, Hirsch said GM is going through registration data and notifying owners. But it’s likely that many drivers will be missed.
“This is a problem for people who buy used cars. A lot of these cars, these Cobalts went into the rental market, and then were sold by the rental car companies. So they would maybe be on their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th owners by now. People really should go and call dealers and report VIN numbers and check to see if their car is on this list.”
To check your VIN visit: https://my.gm.com/web/portal/_warrantyandrecalls