When a major recall is announced, dealerships find themselves on the commercial front lines.
CNBC's Phil LeBeau drives a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, one of 2.6 million GM vehicles recalled for a faulty ignition switch. With him on a Connecticut test track is Jake Fisher, the Director of Auto Testing at the non-profit Consumer Reports. Fisher demonstrates how the faulty switch can inadvertently shut off the engine, even while driving, disabling the power steering, power brakes and airbags.
GM is recalling about 8,200 midsize cars to fix a break problem. It's the sixth recall announced by the company this week and the 24th this year.
General Motors is recalling 59,628 cars in the U.S. and Canada. The Saturn Aura was found with possible defect automatic transmission shifters.
Congressional investigators are examining whether CEO Mary Barra and other executives were more involved than formerly acknowledged.