Temporary fix for GM vehicles recall - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Temporary fix for GM vehicles recall

Posted: Updated:
WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Local mechanics say there is a temporary fix for vehicles affected by the General Motors recalls.

At Community Motors in Waterloo, they're hearing from customers about the recall.

Specifically, in some Chevrolet Cobalts, a defect cause the car to shutoff while driving.

"If that was the case, the power steering may be depleted and the airbags may not work," said Mark Steffen, Service Manager for Community Motors.

Steffen said they the GM Acadia is popular in the area. GM has also recalled the SUV for an airbag issue. In total, since February, over 6 million GM vehicles have been affected.

"Our dealers are empowered to address customer concerns on a case by case basis," GM CEO Mary Barra said. "That includes providing loaner vehicles and additional cash for those in the market for a new vehicle."

Steffen said there's a temporary fix for the ignition issue: take everything off your key ring, except for the ignition key.

"That takes the weight away from it, which will prevent that from turning off accidentally," Steffen said.

Once the necessary parts come in next week, he said repairing your car should take about an hour, free of charge.

"I mean it's all for the safety of the customer," he said. "That's exactly what recalls are, for the customer's safety."

GM has notified the owners of affected vehicles. A list is available here.

  • NEWSNEWSMore>>

  • Eastern Iowa farmers hoping for rain for dry crops

    Eastern Iowa farmers hoping for rain for dry crops

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:50 PM EDT2014-08-21 00:50:19 GMT
    The end of this ear of corn is stunted due to a lack of moistureThe end of this ear of corn is stunted due to a lack of moisture
    Iowa's secretary of agriculture Bill Northey says eastern Iowa is the driest part of the state right now.More >>
    Iowa's secretary of agriculture Bill Northey says eastern Iowa is the driest part of the state right now.More >>
  • Two injured in car crash

    Two injured in car crash

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:47 PM EDT2014-08-21 00:47:16 GMT
    Two people were injured Wednesday evening in a car crash.More >>
    Two people were injured Wednesday evening in a car crash.More >>
  • Holder says he understands mistrust of police

    Holder says he understands mistrust of police

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:43 PM EDT2014-08-21 00:43:51 GMT
    Police and protesters in Ferguson were finally able to share the streets again at night, putting aside for at least a few hours some of the hostility that had filled those hours with tear gas and smoke.More >>
    Attorney General Eric Holder sought Wednesday to reassure the people of Ferguson about the investigation into Michael Brown's death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust police, recalling how he...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KWWL. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Sandy Youngblut at 319-291-1259. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.