Atkins said her fiance is mad at her for dallying. Now, she has made an appointment to bring her car into the shop this week. She has also removed everything from her keychain as instructed by GM.
Because the recalled cars are no longer produced, parts supplier Delphi Automotive had to bring machinery out of mothballs to start cranking out replacement switches.
Repairs finally began in April when the replacement switches started to arrive at dealers. Last Wednesday, GM announced that Delphi had made enough to fix all the cars.
Barra said the challenge now is to find those people who "have still not called the dealership and said, 'Hey, let's get my car scheduled.'"
GM's extraordinary efforts to reach people were part of an agreement that ended a federal investigation into why the automaker failed to promptly disclose the switch problem.
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It's not unusual for some car owners to ignore recall notices. The average completion rate 1½ years after a recall begins is 75 percent, according to federal safety regulators. But few recalls are as serious as this one.
Kenneth Feinberg, the lawyer handling compensation claims for GM, on Monday raised the number of deaths attributed to the defect to 24. That toll is likely to rise as he handles more cases.
Among the 24 is Virginia law student Lara Gass, 27, who died in March when her 2006 Saturn Ion rear-ended a tractor-trailer and caught fire on Interstate 81 while she was on her way to work as a law clerk for a federal judge.
Witnesses told her family's lawyer, Bob Hilliard, that the air bags did not inflate, an indication of a defective switch.
At the time of the crash, GM had announced the recall and was sending warning letters. But the parts weren't yet available.