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GM owners, dealers anxious about recalls

An ignition switch defect linked to deadly crashes and mounting recalls are raising anxiety in General Motors Co. showrooms, according to dealers who increasingly are fielding calls from customers concerned about the safety of GM cars.

Interviews with more than 20 U.S. GM dealerships this week revealed concerns that sales would be pressured, even in a recovering auto market, Reuters reports. Dealers also made clear there’s an escalating number of jittery current GM owners, and demands for repairs threaten to clog some repair facilities.

Since February, GM has recalled 2.6 million vehicles due to concerns about ignition switches that unexpectedly turn off engines during operation and leave airbags, power steering and power brakes inoperable. And so far this year, GM has recalled a total of nearly 7 million vehicles, or about the same number recalled in the previous four years combined.

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via Reuters