Massive recalls cause delay in replacement parts - WNEM TV 5

Massive recalls cause delay in replacement parts

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So far, automakers have recalled nearly 40 million vehicles in 2014, more than any other year in history.

In many cases, car owners are still driving the recalled vehicles because replacement parts aren't available to fix them.

Safety related recalls are certainly a red-hot button issue in the auto industry. TV5 wanted to see whether one local dealership has the parts to repair so many of its recalled vehicles.

"General Motors has been able to give their guests and customers alternate transportation," Mike Thurlow said.

The Associated Press reports GM has spent $3.5 million on loaner cars and additional warranty for North American cars.

"It's been approximately three to five weeks so far," Thurlow said, regarding parts.

He said when the recalls initially went out people got a little antsy, but now that's starting to change.

"It's getting better now that the suppliers are catching up," he said.

GM isn't the only car manufacturer who's been effected by recalls.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration lists several auto manufacturers who've recently recalled cars this year. Auto manufacturers on their list include Mercedes, Chrysler, Volkswagen and several others. 

Meanwhile, Thurlow said his dealership is trying to move cars out as quickly as possible. 

"With the amount of traffic we have it takes two to three hours to get it in and out," he said.

Thurlow advises people to check to see whether or not their car has been recalled.

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