says new part number will avoid possible confusion on recall repair
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[March 28, 2014]
(Reuters) — General Motors Co said on Thursday the replacement
ignition switch it has ordered to use in a massive passenger car
recall will bear a new part number, a step that "eliminates any
potential confusion about which part to use in the repair," a
GM spokesman Jim Cain said changing the part number is "standard
procedure" for a new factory run, as GM tries to bring in about 1.6
million vehicles globally that have faulty ignition switches. The
problem has been linked to at least 12 deaths.
Reuters reported Wednesday that GM faced another potential risk — this time in the spare parts market — because the defective switch
carries the same part number as a working version that followed
after critical design changes were made by GM and its supplier
Delphi Automotive in late 2006.
The part, known as GM 10392423 and Delphi D14611, is still available
to repair shops and suppliers in the vast spare parts market. GM
said it is responding to the issue.
Without knowing the manufacturing date or taking the switch apart,
parts purchasers would have no way of knowing whether it was the
flawed design or the later version with a tighter internal spring.
GM has warned that in the recalled models, the weight of a heavy key
ring can cause the ignition to move from "drive" to the "accessory"
or "off" position, which causes airbags and other systems to
Cain said production of new parts, made by Delphi, is under way, and
the companies have added a second production line to have enough
parts to complete the recall. GM estimates there are 1.4 million
vehicles still in use.
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"We expect to have about 60,000 available on or about April 7," he
said. GM expects the recall will not be completed until October.
Delphi has said the replacement part cost is between $2 and $5 per
switch, and the parts swap can be done in minutes.
(Reporting by Marilyn Thompson in Washington and Ben Klayman in
Detroit; editing by Leslie Adler)
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