General Motors has repeatedly stated that any vehicle equipped with the faulty ignition switch linked to the recall of 2.6 million small vehicles is safe to drive, as long as only the key is used to drive the car and any unnecessary weight is pulled off the key ring. US Senators have challenged this fact multiple times and called for the Department of Transportation to take action and tell GM to issue a ‘park it now’ order until the vehicles can be repaired.
Secretary Anthony Foxx ruled the safety risk posed by the defect in recalled vehicles is “sufficiently mitigated” by GM’s recommendations to customers earlier this week. GM also answered customer concerns about the safety of the cars by conducting more than 80 different tests over extremely challenging road conditions on vehicles subject to the ignition switch recall. They found the vehicles are safe to drive with only a single key on the key ring and the key fob removed.
To reassure vehicle owners, GM released a video of Vice President of GM Global Vehicle Safety, Jeff Boyer, testing the recalled cars on a variety of rough road surfaces with the key in the ignition. The footage shown is the same footage given to the National Highway Traffic Administration to prove the vehicles were safe to drive. If you own an affected vehicle, you won’t want to miss it. Scroll below to check it out.