Senators Urge Action on Recalled GM Cars
After announcing the ignition switch recall, General Motors told drivers to remove all items from their key fobs except for the key itself. But two Democratic U.S. senators argue this isn't enough, calling on the government to urge owners to stop driving the recalled cars until all repairs have been made. Senators Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut asked that the U.S. Department of Transportation take action to get the defective vehicles off the road. They also said that GM should be compelled to issue their own warnings advising consumers to stop driving their vehicles. “Every day that unrepaired vehicles remain on the road increases the risk of more injuries, deaths, and damage,” the senators wrote in a letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. Faulty ignition switches on older GM models have been linked to 13 deaths and dozens of injuries. GM has begun fixing the ignition switches, with the first batch of owners receiving letters in the mail directing them to take their cars to dealerships. However, GM says that it could take until October before all the necessary repairs can be made. GM says its cars are safe to operate during the recall stage as long as extra keys are removed from the fob. Source: Reuters
Two new recalls affect hundreds of thousands of vehicles.