(WLNS) - Scrutiny continues to surround General Motors, following the company's recall of millions of vehicles nation-wide.
6 News Shelby Miller visited a local dealership to find out how those recalls are affecting sales.
The sales floor stays busy at Shaheen Chevrolet, despite a tough couple months for General Motors.
Nationwide the auto company recalled nearly 7 million vehicles so far this year, but local dealerships say it isn't hurting sales. They're up nearly 5 percent compared to this time last year.
"If you look at other industries out there, they've all had their struggles, right now I think we're at our peak where we're really starting to take off and people are starting to believe in our product," said Jeff Cords, New Car Manager, Shaheen Chevrolet.
Lansing Community College Economics Professor, Jim Luke says nationally GM sales are up too.
"There's an effect that happens. It's like a dribble effect that gradually weighs in and sinks in, so that's not been good for GM. On the other hand, GM sales in March were better than a lot of analysts had expected," said Luke.
Among the bad news, comes good news for General Motors. The Chevrolet Equinox and the GMC Terrain are the only vehicles to earn a top rating in a new crash test.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ran the test and local dealerships expect it to boost sales.
In the meantime the company continues to focus on its new image and hopes customers do the same.
"That helps enforce that story, the recalls, those are the old GM, this is the new GM, we're moving on," said Luke.
Local dealerships also credit the current economy on this spring's sales increase and experts say it's a trend seen at most car dealerships.