General Motors planned on starting the repairs on Monday to the more than 2.5 million vehicles recalled due to faulty ignition switches. The replacement process takes about a half hour, but to repair all the vehicles could take weeks and possibly months due to the limited availability of parts. A federal judge did not issue an immediate ruling on whether she would ground all the cars and force GM to offer loaners while repairs are completed. GM announced the recall in mid-February when the carmaker said the ignition switches on nearly 800,000 vehicles could inadvertently turn off while being driven and cause the engine to stall while disabling power steering, brakes, and the vehicle airbag system.
GM Starts Fixing 2.6M Recalled Cars' Ignition Switches
General Motors CEO Mary Barra testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation. The committee is looking for answers from Barra about safety defects and mishandled recall of 2.6 million small cars with a faulty ignition switch that's been linked to 13 deaths and dozen of crashes.