FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – In March, General Motors recalled close to $2.6 million vehicles worldwide because of faulty ignition switches. It’s a situation that’s now the focus of a criminal investigation because some say those faulty switches led to more than a dozen deaths. GM officials say parts to fix the vehicles will be available Monday. In the meantime, the company has promised to give loaner vehicles to those impacted by the recall. As we uncovered, it’s giving a boost in business to some rental car stores.
People impacted by the GM ignition switch recall have two options: get a free loaner car or $500 toward a new GM product. Around here it seems like most have cashed in on the loaner car program.
An Enterprise employee told NewsChannel 15 over the phone lots of people have been coming in to get a free rental car. He said they have plenty of vehicles to offer those folks and so far have not ran out. At Budget/Avis an employee said they just got the GM loaner car program paperwork Tuesday. They’re expecting a big demand too.
GM is paying for all of the loaner cars bringing more business than usual to rental car stores.
A GM official says they’ve put 12,000 customers in loaner cars. From the company’s perspective it’s proud of its dealerships addressing concerns.
The first parts will be available Monday, but it will take GM’s supplier until the end of August to manufacture one million of the 2.6 million parts.