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Auto expert speaks on recent GM recalls

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General Motors has another recall, except this time they are telling customers to leave the recalled SUVs outside because they can catch on fire.

"It makes me think I don't want to buy no more GM cars if they have all these recalls," Monica Swain said.

Swain is upset to learn about the latest GM recall. This time it's for faulty power window switches that the company says can catch fire. Older SUVs from model years 2006 and 2007 are affected including brands like the Chevy Trailblazer, GMC Envoy and Buick Rainier.

Swain drives a Saturn that's up for recall too. She is waiting for the company to replace her ignition switch. Right now she can only drive around with one key and she's irritated by it. 

"Now I've misplaced my other key cause it was laying around and so now I got to use a spare key," Swain said.

Other motorists are just as upset.

"It shows that somehow they're not doing their job well enough," James Wilson said.

Wilson drives a Buick. His car isn't on the recall list, but he's still concerned.

"It's a life and death situation," he said.

According to one area auto expert these numerous recalls aren't hurting GM's bottom line, at least not yet.

"So far if you look at the earnings, if you look at sales, General Motors is clearly maintaining its position of leadership," said Tim Nash, auto expert at Northwood University.

He thinks GM is being overly cautious in light of the 13 deaths caused by faulty ignition switches. He also points out four of the top eight safest cars on the road are GM vehicles. Nevertheless, Nash warns that if the problem persists, the public may begin to lose faith.

"They're going to begin to ask the question 'is General Motors reverting back to its old days of being a producer of substandard vehicles,'" Nash said.

The parts needed to fix cars covered by the latest recall will be ready around October.  

Local dealers said they are not affected by this recall for the most part, because only older vehicles are affected.

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