GM ignition switch repairs delayed in Wichita

Published On: Apr 07 2014 05:22:58 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 08 2014 06:50:27 AM CDT

Repairs are underway to fix an ignition switch defect in millions of cars, but you won't find the replacement parts in Wichita.

General Motors is recalling 2.2 millon cars for an ignition switch problem which has been tied to 13 deaths. Six different models are tied to the recall, including Chevrolet Cobalts and Saturn Ions. Some of the cars have been on the road for more than a decade. 

The flaw can allow the key to turn from the "run" position to the "accessory" position, causing a loss of power steering and brake failure.

The automaker had indicated that work on the recalled vehicles would begin Monday. But the company said it is still in the process of notifying customers as to when they can get their cars repaired. Local GM dealers tell Eyewitness News their shops have not received the new parts yet.

Kevin Kelly, General Motors spokesman, said owners need to keep an eye on their mail box.

"We plan to send letters this week informing affected customers that parts are arriving at dealerships, and to schedule a service appointment with their dealer," he said. "Repairs are likely to begin to follow soon after the customer letter mailing."

In the meantime, GM recommends removing everything from the key ring except the car key, so there's no extra weight pulling at the ignition. The automaker said the cars are safe to drive, as long as drivers don't put anything heavy on the key ring.

For more information, call GM at 1-800-222-1020, or click here