Was your GM car recalled? Get a loaner for free

1.6 million GM cars recalled after ignition issue

SAN DIEGO - A local woman worried that her car was a "time bomb" after the expanded recall by General Motors was able to get a safe loaner vehicle while her car was repaired, but not after some initial confusion.

McIntyre called her trip from the East County to San Diego in her 80-year-old father’s Chevrolet Cobalt terrifying.

"Every little bump you are waiting for the car to shut off," McIntyre said.

Last month GM recalled 1.6 million cars after a problem with the ignition that can cause the engine to shut off.

"When I did not receive the notice [in the] mail… I took the initiative and I called yesterday,” McIntyre said. “I was told they would not have these replacement parts until the end of April or May."

Team 10 learned that any customers who feel unsafe in their recalled GM vehicle could get a loaner car from any dealer. General Motors would pay for the rental car. However, when McIntyre called the Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet dealership back, they said Team 10 had it wrong.

"They said the way for me to get a loaner car is if my car was already broken down," McIntyre said.

After rechecking though, the dealership reversed its decision and said Team 10 was correct.

"I'm so happy and so relieved they stepped up to the plate," McIntyre said.

McIntyre is now driving a rental car until the part comes in, but she's worried that other GM car owners don't know they can get a loaner car as well.

The Jimmie Johnson dealership in San Diego told Team 10 that any customer who feels unsafe in a recalled car can come in and get a loaner. The dealership would not comment on why McIntyre was initially told she could not get a loaner unless her car had broken down.

According to GM, the following vehicles are involved in the recall:

-    2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5
-    2003-2007 Saturn Ion,
-    2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR
-    2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit (Canada)
-    2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice  
-    2007 Saturn Sky vehicles.

For more information on the recall, click here.

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