GM RECALLS

Industry Supplier Will Buy Back Ignition Switches



General Motors (GM) is making moves to correct a multi-million vehicle mistake by buying back recalled ignition switches from auto recyclers. The company has hired Rebuilders Automotive Supply (RAS) to facilitate the purchases. RAS sent a letter to auto recyclers in late August that outlines the plan.

RAS will purchase GM ignition switches for $75 per switch. The switches in questions are found on the:

2010 - 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt

2011 - 2006 Chevrolet HHR

2010 - 2007 Pontiac G5

2006 - 2005 Pontiac Pursuit

2010 - 2006 Pontiac Solstice

2007 - 2004 Saturn Ion

2010 - 2007 Saturn Sky

The switches are listed under either the ignition switch or steering column part types. The recalled parts include the ignition switch, ignition lock cylinder and the ignition key. The parts need to be removed from the steering column before shipping. RAS also supplied the service part numbers.

GM issued the massive recall of ignition switches this past February. The faulty switches, which are found in 17.3 million GM vehicles, could unintentionally move from the “run” position to the “accessory” or “off” positions with a corresponding reduction or loss of power, stated the letter. Adding, the risk may be increased if a key ring is carrying added weight or the vehicle goes off-road or experiences some other jarring event. The timing of the key movement out of the “run” position may result in the airbags not deploying.

These malfunctions caused at least 24 deaths, according to new figures released in early October 2014. To date, there have been 40 claims determined eligible, including the 24 death claims, as well as four Category One injury claims and 12 category two claims, according to MLive.com. The deadline for filing a compensation claim is December 31, 2014. GM has estimated that compensating all victims of the defective car part could cost anywhere from $400 - 600 million.

The recall has earned the attention of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which has fined the company $35 million for concealing the ignition switch problems. The U.S. Senate is also investigating the automaker.

The Locator interviewed Andrew MacDonald, owner of Maritime Auto Parts in Nova Scotia, Canada (www.maritimeauto.com) and chair of ARA’s Technical Committee, about the recalls for an article in the August 2014 Locator Magazine . MacDonald stated then that the recalls will 100 percent affect auto recyclers and he expressed the need to automakers to share part information with recyclers. ARA also stated that the GM ignition switch recall was a perfect example of why auto recyclers need parts data to make sure the parts they sell aren’t included in this recall - or any other for that matter. In fact, the information provided to auto recyclers in RAS’ letter, mirrored what ARA was asking for from automakers.

ARA stated that it has met with several automakers during the past several months to discuss the need for professional auto recyclers’ access to parts numbers on a routing basis to correctly identify OEM recycled parts. It also stated that it continues to educate all stakeholders in the parts recall process about the unique and critical role, which professional automotive recyclers play in deciding what happens to recycled OEM parts and how crucial it is for recyclers to have part numbers when making supply chain decisions.

Contact RAS at coreconnect@coresupply.com or call 877-829-1553 to make arrangements to sell the parts.

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