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GM says tests show recalled cars safe to drive

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DETROIT - General Motors says it has given the National Transportation Safety Board the results of testing on some of the models involved in the recall of 2.6-million cars over potentially defective ignition switches.

The company website has linked a video of GM Global Safety Vice President, Jeff Boyer explaining some of the 80 different tests conducted on recalled older small cars to show they are safe to drive with a single key.

Some of the tests shown on the video include taking the car on a jarring drive over bumpy roads riddled with potholes at GM's Milford Proving Ground facility. The tests also included a simulated panic stop, where the driver suddenly slammed on the brakes and a high speed handling test, where the wheels of the car actually left the ground.

Boyer says that in no case did the key leave the run position when the cars were driven using only a single key that is not attached to a chain or fob.

GM says owners of the recalled cars must do the following:

Remove all items from the ignition key.
Shift cars with automatic transmissions into the park position before removing the key.
Shift cars with manual transmissions into reverse and putting on the parking brake before removing the key.
Once the dealer makes repairs, only use the GM issued key that has a hole and not the long, narrow slot.

GM says it is working as hard as it can to have the recalled vehicles repaired.

The company says it knows of 13 deaths in crashes linked to the ignition switches.

GM is in talks with lawyers hired by customers and families of people who were either killed or injured in crashes involving the recalled cars.  However, General Motors is asking a federal judge to shield the company from legal claims for conduct that occurred before its 2009 bankruptcy.
  • The recalled cars include:
    • 2008-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
    • 2008-2011 Chevrolet HHR
    • 2008-2010 Pontiac Solstice
    • 2008-2010 Pontiac G5 and
    • 2008-2010 Saturn Sky


    GM has provided a link to the road test video here.

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