State extends some emissions tests

In this Jan. 12, 2009 file photo, the General Motors logo is on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (WTNH)– Governor Malloy and the Department of Motor Vehicles commissioner announced that the DMV is extending the due date and waiving late fees for vehicles involved in the General Motors recall.

G.M. recently recalled about 2.5 million compact cars, including 2.2 million in the United States alone. The recall was due to safety hazards after an ignition switch was found to be defective.

“We understand that affected residents are already under enough stress dealing with the G.M. recall and don’t want to add to their burden. Their first priority should be remedying their vehicles’ safety issues,” said Governor Malloy. “We are extending emissions’ deadlines and waiving late fees to ease the pressure on Connecticut owners while they get through this extraordinary situation.”

G.M. also said last week they were made aware of a 13th death in connection with the defected ignition switches.

“This is a serious problem and we want to help people as much as we can,” said DMV Commissioner Currey. “We see this effort as assisting these consumers as they work to get repairs done.”

GM recall

The extension was affective as of Wednesday April 9th and will end on October 31, 2014.

The DMV says that once the vehicle is repaired, you must complete your emission test. After October 31st, there will be a late fee. The extension only applies to emissions tests so registrations must be renewed and insurance must be maintained.

Below is a list of vehicle makes and models that the extension applies to:

Number in Connecticut on DMV Records

2005 – 2010
Chevrolet Cobalt

2005 – 2010
Pontiac G5

2006 – 2011
Chevrolet HHR

2006 – 2010
Pontiac Solstice

2003 – 2007
Saturn Ion

2007 – 2010
Saturn Sky

2005 – 2006
Pontiac Pursuit (Canada)

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