While the federal government has issued a record fine to General Motors for its inaction on recalling cars with an ignition switch flaw and GM has been recalling record number of cars, many car owners have not have the potentially fatal problem fixed.
Partly, this was because ignition switch repair kits were in short supply. But now that all dealerships have parts in stock, GM says that car owners are still dragging their feet and not bringing in cars to be repaired.
The New York Times today announced a new incentive to owners of those recalled Chevy Cobalts and Saturn Ions; a $25 gift card to everyone who brings in his car to be fixed by December 1. And if owners try to make an appointment but can’t, they will have until January 1 to get the gift card. The $25 gift cars are available for Amazon, AMC Theaters, Applebee’s, Bass Pro Shops, Red Robin, Starbucks or Walmart.
Only 53% of the over 2.6 million recalled GM cars have been fixed, according to the NY Times. And the Detroit News says that “one in four cars [is] left unrepaired in a recall.”
As holiday parties and dinners approach, drive safely and repair your car – and score a gift card.