Over 38% of GM vehicles affected by faulty ignition switches still not fixed

Transport Canada is urging owners of General Motors vehicles affected by the recall of ignition switches to take their vehicles to the nearest dealer for repairs as soon as possible.

As of December 8th, 2014, there are still 140,782 vehicles on Canadian roads with this safety defect, which represents 38.2% of the 368,073 vehicles that were recalled in the country.

You've probably heard about the risk that the ignition switch may move out of the "run" position, resulting in a partial loss of electrical power and turning off the engine. In the event of a crash, the airbags may not deploy if the ignition switch is not in the "run" position, increasing the risk of injury.

Owners of potentially affected vehicles should visit the GM website and enter their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to determine whether their particular vehicle has been recalled for the problem.

Until the ignition recall repairs have been performed, it is very important that all items from the key ring be removed, as the risk is increased when it is carrying added weight. The key fob (if applicable) should also be removed from the key ring.

This problem has caused more than 30 deaths and forced the recall of millions of vehicles worldwide.

Source: Transport Canada