GM Has Repaired 96% of Faulty Ignition Switches

Back in 2014 GM set on one of the biggest recall campaigns in history following the discovery that it had made cars with faulty ignition switches. And although it’s still shy of its goal of fixing 100% of the vehicles affected, GM has reached an unusually high repair rate in its recall.

Of the millions of vehicles recalled worldwide, only about 170,000, or 4%, are unaccounted for. Normally, recalls only get a response rate of around 75%.

Still, GM says it’s hunting down those remaining vehicles to achieve its 100% goal. But that work is getting harder and harder.

“It’s really down to pick-and-shovel work — checking individual VINs to determine: Is the vehicle even still on the road?” said Tom Wilkinson, a GM spokesman, told Automotive News.

Under the terms of the deal that GM struck with the government following the discovery of the ignition switch default, GM doesn’t have to report its progress anymore, though a federal monitor will be keeping an eye over the company until at least September.

The recall affected Cobalts, Ions, and other small vehicles. The ignition fault has been linked to more than 100 deaths, so fixing the remaining cars is more than a matter of principal.