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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – There are new concerns about the current General Motors recall that affects some 1.6 million vehicles worldwide.

GM car owners in North Texas are already calling dealerships, searching for a fix, but the fix isn’t ready.

GM issued the recall to fix faulty ignition switches linked to multiple fatal crashes.

Until dealers can fix the problem some are recommending that vehicle owners stop a common practice. The change involves the heavy key ring some people carry.

According to General Motors, heavy jarring from a bumpy road or the weight of a heavy key ring could be enough to cause the ignition switch to unexpectedly move out of position and shut off power to the vehicle. Some service area workers are urging owners to lessen the chance of experiencing a problem by getting rid of the weight from their keys.

Losing power means more than just deceleration. It also means that power brakes and power steering are disabled. And if the car were to crash, the airbags meant to save lives would also be disabled.

North Texan Melissa Hardwick owns a Chevy Cobalt. “It could cut off going down the road and you could have a wreck, and hit anybody or anything,” she said.

Hardwick just bought the car in November. The cars are a common sight on North Texas roads. Driving around a parking lot it was easy to find four vehicles on the recall list within about 10 minutes.

While Hardwick planned to take her car in tomorrow the dealership won’t be able to help yet.

“General motors is working frantically to get parts, and I’m sure they will,” Huffines Chevrolet Plano owner Ray Huffines said optimistically. “It does happen sometimes when they don’t have parts. It’s not uncommon either… but they’ll get ‘em.”

Huffines said his Plano dealership has been getting calls from concerned owners. The location will have to handle repairs on the Chevy Cobalt and HHR, the Pontiac Solstice and G5, and the Saturn Ion and Sky.

GM doesn’t have a timeline for when parts will be ready.

Management at Huffines said once the repair is ready, customers bringing their vehicles in will go to the top of the waiting list. “Probably about 45 minutes and we’ll get right on them. They’ll [recall customers] take precedence in scheduling.”

There have been 15 car or truck recalls already this year from a variety of manufacturers. This Chevy recall though has already prompted calls for change from lawmakers, because while action is just now being taken GM first noted the problem several years ago.

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