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Local dealers busy with GM recall repairs

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General Motors has begun shipping thousands of replacement parts for recalled vehicles and several valley dealerships have already installed some of those deliveries. 
"All we have to do is just remove the ignition switch out of the vehicle and then, we can put the new switch in," John Nezdoba says, service manager at Diane Sauer Chevrolet.
Sauer's service center has replaced faulty ignition switches in about 35 recalled vehicles this week alone.
It's a process that Nezdoba says can take about an hour, but arranging the appointments for each customer and coordinating parts is a process. 
Customers are being told they'll receive a letter from GM, instructing them when to contact their local dealer. Upon contacting the dealer, the customer must then provide the vehicle's VIN number, which is needed to place an order for the replacement part. Once the part is ordered and shipped, the dealership will then notify the customer when they can set up their repair appointment.
It's an organized process, but just how long it will take to tackle all of the effected vehicles on the road is not known. Nezdoba is expecting at least months.
"That's a really hard question to answer, I look it to go late into the year before we get them all completed," he says.
GM is recalling 2.6 million older small cars because the switches can unexpectedly slip out of the run position. The recalled vehicles include some of the Cobalt models built in Lordstown. GM says it has linked at least 13 deaths to the ignition problem.
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