Today a Federal judge in Corpus Christi, TX ruled that General Motors does not have to tell customers to stop driving cars affected by the ignition switch recall.
Charles and Grace Silvas, owners of a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt, felt that owners of affected cars should be told their vehicles were too dangerous to be driven, so their attorneys sought an order directing General Motors to issue “park it now” notices to 2.6 million owners. GM asserted that the affected vehicles were safe as long as nothing else was attached to the key fob while in the ignition.
“The court is of the opinion that NHTSA is far better equipped than this court to address the broad and complex issues of automotive safety and the regulation of automotive companies in connection with the nationwide recall,” U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos wrote in today’s ruling, suggesting that she would defer to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
General Motors spokesman Greg Martin said the company respected the court’s decision.