U.S. Regulators Won't Tell GM Drivers to Park Recalled Cars

By | May 08, 2014
Government safety regulators won't urge drivers to park recalled cars from General Motors. In late April, two Democratic senators urged U.S. regulators to take action over faulty ignition switches, which can slip out of position and cut off engine power and airbag deployment. General Motors and others came up with a remedy, recommending that drivers remove all items from the key fob except for the key itself. But these senators didn't think this solution went far enough. Responding to the request by the senators, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a statement, "Based on the agency’s engineering expertise, our consideration of the nature of the ignition switch defect, and the testing conducted, NHTSA is satisfied that for now, until the permanent remedy is applied, the safety risk posed by the defect in affected vehicles is sufficiently mitigated by GM’s recommended action." In the meantime, NHTSA will continue to investigate the circumstances behind the ignition switch issue. The government is also now looking at the role of GM executives in the case. The GM ignition switch issue led to a recall of 2.6 million cars in February. The problem has been linked to at least 13 deaths. Source: Automotive News