UPDATE: Eastern Iowa woman says GM isn't doing enough for recalled car owners
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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -
Greg Martin, General Motors executive director of corporate communications now say the company no longer makes the HHR Janey has.
Martin says it's taking so long because they have a back order on the parts due to discontinuing the car.
The automaker has fixed 86,000 cars in the U.S., and expects to have all the recalled cars repaired by October.
General Motors has recalled 2.6 million cars, and continues to receive backlash over the fallout over faulty ignition switches.
Thursday, the automaker fired 15 workers and disciplined a handful of others over the faulty ignition switches, blamed for 54 crashes and at least 13 deaths.
"Well, that was really scary because I knew 13 people had died in crashes," said Martha Janey, who owns a car GM recalled. "It was a death mobile. I have a daughter that I transport around the school all the time."
Janey owns a 2006 Chevy HHR. She says she's had the car for about 9 years.
She says it's frustrating that it took that long for the automaker to recall the 2.6 million cars with bad ignitions, even though they knew about it in 2001.
It wasn't until last month Janey says she heard GM warn about a faulty ignition switch.
"You look at all the money that these companies make, especially the CEO of the company," said Janey. "Well how much money do they have to make selling us junk cars like this?"
Earlier this year, GM recalled more than 2.5 million cars from model years 2003 to 2011 worldwide.
GM suggests removing everything from the key ring except the car key, including the key fob. They also recommend before leaving your vehicle make sure the car is in park and set the parking brake.
You should also stay in contact with the dealer as parts become available.
Janey says she doesn't know when her dealership will have the parts in, she claims they told her at least 4-6 weeks.
"Where is the honesty and integrity in these companies anymore, or the dealerships for the that matter," said Janey. "The minute that they call me or notify me again, I will get in there and have this fixed."
KWWL tried contacting the dealership Janey bought her car, but they were closed. We will follow up with her dealership in the coming days.
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