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GM Tests Show Recalled Vehicles Safe To Drive With Single Key


Just the Facts:
  • General Motors on Thursday said its internal tests show that vehicles involved in the ignition-switch recall are "safe to drive with only a single key on the key ring and the key fob removed."
  • The automaker conducted 80 different tests over what it called "extremely challenging road conditions" on the vehicle.
  • The tests included panic stops and extreme ride-and-handling scenarios.

MILFORD, Michigan — General Motors on Thursday said its internal tests show that vehicles involved in the ignition-switch recall are "safe to drive with only a single key on the key ring and the key fob removed."

The automaker conducted 80 different tests over what it called "extremely challenging road conditions" on the vehicle.

The tests included panic stops and extreme ride-and-handling scenarios.

GM also published a YouTube video featuring Jeff Boyer, the vice president of GM global vehicle safety, explaining the testing and telling consumers what to do if their vehicle is involved in the recall.

Boyer told consumers that they should only use GM-issued keys after their dealer makes the ignition-switch repair.

The results of the GM testing come as U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told Congress on Wednesday that he will not require GM to ground millions of recalled cars that have not yet been repaired, according to media reports.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reiterates what GM has said about the single key. Federal safety regulators say the cars are safe to drive as long as drivers only use the ignition key and remove all other keys and items from the key ring.

GM will replace ignition switches in 2.6 million cars after reports of 13 deaths and 31 crashes. The defective ignition switch can affect the safe operation of the airbag systems, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recalled GM vehicles include:

*All 2005-'10 Chevrolet Cobalt
*2005-'07 Pontiac G5
*2003-'07 Saturn Ion
*2006-'11 Chevrolet HHR
*2006-'10 Pontiac Solstice
*2007-'10 Saturn Sky

Edmunds says: Consumers get more reassurance from GM and the federal government on how to proceed if they have one of the unrepaired cars involved in the ignition-switch recall.

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