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Start of 2014 marked by a of large-scale auto recalls

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This is up as the year of the motor vehicle and the blizzard of problems that up in just the first quarter of is prompting nervousness among veteran California motorists.

never bothered me that I#x92;ve been driving in for 40 years, but it seems like recalls are coming faster and said Sacramento retiree Johnson, helping his daughter for a new car at the Roseville Automall. #x93;I#x92;m they#x92;re trying to fix them, but it me wonder if something is wrong in the building and inspection process You don#x92;t want to buy a dangerous and you really worry when a member is involved.#x94;

So far in 2014, have been more 17 million motor vehicle internationally, according to the National Traffic Safety Administration and sources. In all of 2013, there about 22 million. This about 9 million vehicles been designated for recall in the States. The U.S. record is 30.8 million set in 2004.

Significantly, this year#x92;s recall numbers are being up by the world#x92;s top automakers #x96; Motors and Toyota.

GM#x92;s have garnered the most and created the most concern for car Its recalled cars have linked to multiple deaths, and the is facing allegations that it of the problems for years but did not fix them or car owners of the potential danger.

The automaker#x92;s 2014 recall zoomed past the 6.5 million on April 1, with its announcement it was expanding an ignition-switch recall to add cylinders to its safety recall of 2.2 million cars in the United The combined concerns involve switches that might move from the #x93;run#x94; to the #x93;accessory#x94; or #x93;off#x94; position, a corresponding reduction or loss of Also, faulty ignition-lock could ignition keys to out while the car is moving.

GM has linked 13 to the flaw, though families of who died in crashes involving the cars believe there may be

Amid this, newly GM CEO Mary Barra was grilled by a congressional subcommittee #x96; particular emphasis on the company#x92;s to fix a known problem for more 10 years. GM has dismissed two engineers and has taking a $1.3 billion hit in costs.

Meanwhile, the company has maneuvering on the legal front.

last week, GM dodged a court ruling that would have forced all named in the ignition recall off the until they were and added millions to the recall GM also has sought to protect from some lawsuits by in various courts that the company, created by a 2009 reorganization, is not liable for the actions of the GM.

Toyota also made this month with an that it will recall 6.4 vehicles globally #x96; 1.8 million of them in the U.S. to fix various problems, including air that might not inflate. The came several weeks Toyota was hit with a record billion fine from the Department related to company to cover up vehicle flaws in an recall. Those flaws led to acceleration that resulted in deaths.

Beyond the huge potential of lawsuits and fines from recalls, the logistics involved in millions of cars is akin to an overseas military invasion, and the effect eventually makes its way to of auto dealerships and millions of driveways.

In GM#x92;s case, a call center dealing with the ignition issues has set up at (800) 222-1020, and a website has established #x96; gmignitionupdate.com. At site, visitors can get information on all in the recall, plus tips on how to with your vehicle#x92;s if you are concerned about problems. The also posts expected times when contacting the center.

Californians are likely to be the largest users of the GM contact The automaker says nearly vehicles registered in the Golden are part of the GM ignition recall.

week, GM sent a first of letters to vehicle owners who have received a bad replacement The letters include instructions on how to get a repair or obtain reimbursement for service. This is just one of of thousands of postal mailings.

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But all this is just a small of what will be a very process.

GM spokesman Jim Cain that since the questionable assemblies are on former vehicle production of replacements has to be restarted at a Automotive plant in Mexico. replacement switches have produced, but it is a limited number in the of things. Cain said the is to have a million switches by the end of August. Realistically speaking, said, the ignition recall will not be humming along at top until late summer or fall.


#x93;It#x92;s a process does take some Cain said. #x93;GM is committed to getting replacement to dealers as quickly as possible,#x94; Alan Adler, another GM

Cain said that in an to reach every owner of a vehicle, #x93;multiple mailings and could go on for up to two years.#x94; While are no hard statistics on how many motorists typically ignore recall notices, Cain that #x93;our goal is to 85 percent of all recalls,#x94; which is in with historic percentages in past recalls.

At the dealership level, David senior vice president and manager of the John L. Sullivan Group, which includes L. Sullivan Chevrolet and Roseville in the Roseville Automall, said biggest challenge is the suppliers and the of time it takes to make many components or devices in a period of time #x85; So, a lot of it down to supply and demand.#x94;

said recalled vehicles can be through vehicle identification which ultimately tell how many recalled vehicles are in a geographic area. Even so, said consumers have #x93;They may or may not want to drive (recalled) car. They may or may not the ability to get a rental car #x85; So, things can get intense.#x94;

Santa car shopping site Edmunds.com that consumers take notices seriously, and urges car who have received a notice to dealers to schedule a fix as soon as

#x93;Recalls do not make life for dealers who need to implement the nor do they make it easier for car who need to weigh one more when they buy,#x94; Jessica Caldwell, senior at Edmunds. #x93;But it#x92;s better to err on the side of caution, and the sensitivity around auto in the last five years, it be no surprise that we see as many as we do today.#x94;

Call The Bee#x92;s Glover, (916) 321-1184.

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