The General Motors recall affecting more than 1 million vehicles is hitting home here in our area. The recall involves an ignition issue that has proven to be dangerous and is linked to crashes that killed 13 people.
Right now, 1.3 million vehicles have been recalled, affecting 7 different GM models.
Owners of affected models say they're not taking any chances.
"It's gradually getting worse as I keep driving it."
And that's why Justin Gregory decided to get his Chevy Cobalt checked out.
"When you hit a hard bump, the ignition switch will automatically cut itself off. The one problem I was having is that it just randomly cuts off going down the road," Gregory told Your Hometown News Leader.
These same issues prompted the recall of 1.3 million General Motors vehicles. 7 models are currently being recalled: 2005-2007 Chevy Cobalts, 2007 Pontiac G-5-S, 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuits, 2003-2007 Saturn Ions and 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHRs, the Pontiac Solstices and Saturn Skys.
GM dealerships say even though the manufacturer won't have the necessary parts for repairs until April, they're prepared.
"We have a lot of capacity to take care of these issues," Berglund Automotive president, William Farrell told WDBJ7. "If anybody has any questions, they can reach out to our service departments and talk to our service advisers and service managers and we'll be there to take care of them on a case-by-case basis."
Still, drivers are worried.
"I've got a 2-year-old daughter and she stays with me a lot. I'm worried I'll be on the highway somewhere and my car will just randomly cut off and I'll lose drive-ability of the car, brakes," Gregory said.
If the ignition is accidentally turned off, that could mean losing engine power, brakes and air bags; and drivers aren't risking it.
"My wife's got a car that we can share. So, I'm just going to put this one in the garage and leave it there for now until somebody has parts to repair it," said Gregory.
GM is asking drivers to remove extra keys or key chains. Additional weight could accidentally move the ignition switch. GM faces up to $35 million dollars in fines and possible criminal penalties.