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Despite recall, Cobalts, HHRs are selling - and at a higher price

2007 Cobalt, one of the recalled models

A recall crisis at General Motors hasn't slowed sales of Cobalts, HHR's and other cars with a defective ignition switch.

In fact, the cars are selling for more than they did just a month or two ago.

Alec Gutierrez of Kelly Blue Book says used car prices go up in the spring.

"So, it's a matter of a rising tide lifting all boats," he says.

He notes that by now, everyone in the auto industry knows about the scandal rocking GM.  The company  delayed a recall for a defective ignition switch for ten years --

"But your average every-day consumer that's out there looking for a reliable, relatively fuel-efficient, used compact car perhaps is unaware or just doesn't give much credence to what's going on out there," he says.

But the recall is likely to be much in the news for months. The bad switch is linked to at least 13 deaths and 30 injuries, and that number could go up as old traffic fatality cases are re-examined.

Gutierrez says the bad publicity could eventually hurt sales of the cars.

It will also take GM dealers months to fix the 2.6 million cars affected by the recall.

Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Radio. She began her career at Michigan Radio as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.
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