The latest chapter in the omnipresent woes of General Motors revealed that four months after the company began recalling 2.6 million small cars to fix ignition switches, only seven percent of the vehicles have been repaired.
The reason: Switch maker Delphi has had delays in making the part for cars that are no longer being produced.
General Motors reported through June 12, nearly 177,000 cars have been repaired and another 423,000 parts kits have been shipped to dealers worldwide.
Spokesman Kevin Kelly said Delphi had only one assembly line building replacement switches, which slowed parts distribution. Kelly added the company now has two lines and a third will be running in late July or early August.
General Motors expects to have all 2.6 million switches made by late October. The company blames the switches for 54 crashes and at least 13 deaths.
The massive recall is linked to the cars’ ignition switches, which GM reported can be accidentally turned from the “run” position to the “accessory” position while the car is being driven.
When this happens, the engine shuts off and safety systems — including power steering, anti-lock brakes, and airbags — are disabled.