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Temporary fix for GM vehicles recall

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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.

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