General Motors Recalling More Than Six Million Cars

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- General Motors recalled more than six million cars for faulty ignition switches, and the consequences may force millions of car owners to give up their keys.

It may also be several weeks until they get them back.

Julie O'Connell is one of those people, the owner of a 2008 Pontiac G6.

O'Connell said she is one of the few people that can actually get her car started, where others fail.

"It's just kind of a glitch to it," O'Connell said, "and my spare key has never worked."

After hearing about the recall, O'Connell said she is afraid to drive her car and wants to get it in fast.

O'Connell said it is especially concerning after she thinks about the 13 deaths that have been linked to faulty GM cars.

"It's just so sad that 13 people have died because of an issue that seems so simple," O'Connell said.

The CEO of GM, Mary Barra, is facing tough questions because of it.

Investigators believe GM knew about the problems in 2001, but did nothing to recall the cars until recently.

Barra believes former GM leadership focused on cost over safety. In a hearing Tuesday, a Congresswoman said it would have cost GM $.57 cents per unit to fix it.

O'Connell said the potential for danger is keeping her car off the streets, and headed to the shop as soon as possible.

"Millions of cars are being recalled," O'Connell said, "and it just makes me nervous that something could be overlooked so majorly."

---What you need to know---

1) GM is asking owners of the cars listed below to bring their vehicles into their dealerships now, even though it may be several weeks until the parts arrive.

2) GM is working with rental agencies to ensure all their car owners have a rental while vehicles are in the shop.

The possibly affected cars are:

Chevrolet Malibu: All model year 2004 and 2005, and some model year 2006 and model year 2008 and 2009 vehicles
Chevrolet Malibu Maxx: All model year 2004 and 2005, and some 2006 model year
Chevrolet HHR (Non-Turbo): Some model year 2009 and 2010 vehicles
Chevrolet Cobalt: Some model year 2010 vehicles
Saturn Aura: Some model year 2008 and 2009 vehicles
Saturn ION: All model year 2004 to 2007 vehicles
Pontiac G6: All model year 2005, and some model year 2006 and model year 2008 and 2009 vehicles
Service parts installed into certain vehicles before May 31, 2010 under a previous safety recall

3) Take everything off your key ring, including the keyless entry, to be dropped off at the service center.