Nearly four months since General Motors began recalling 2.6 million small cars for a faulty ignition switch, about 177,000 have been repaired, the company said Monday, or 7 percent of the total number affected.
The pace of repairs is likely to be among the questions that GM’s chief executive, Mary Barra, faces from lawmakers on Wednesday when she returns before a House subcommittee investigating the automaker’s failure to fix the faulty switch. She is scheduled to appear with Anton Valukas, the former US attorney who issued a scathing report on GM’s management culture.
Delphi, the supplier of the replacement switch, has increased its production of the replacement part, which had been discontinued for several years. Two new production lines are active, with a third scheduled to start in August. GM has projected all repairs will be completed by October.
But demand for repairs has far outstripped production, upsetting many owners.