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Industry News: Two U.S. Senators Ask The Department of Transportation To Urge Owners Not To Drive Vehicles Involved In The Ignition Switch Recall

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Two U.S. Senators are calling on the U.S. Department of Transportation to urge owners of General Motors vehicles involved in the ignition switch recall to stop driving them until they are fixed.

Senators Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx urging him to ask owners to stop driving their vehicles.

"GM has indicated that it could take until October, 2014, before it can complete all the needed repairs. Every day that unrepaired vehicles remain on the road increases the risk of more injuries, deaths and damage," the two senators wrote.

But there comes a problem with this. Earlier this month, GM began to send out the replacement parts to dealers to fix the affected vehicles. However with 2.6 million vehicles that need to be repaired, it will take months for the company to fix them.

Source: Reuters

William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.


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Common sense is if you insert key properly and carefully turn, drive car and not be lazy to bump key all is fine. I really do not see it that way. If a consumer wants to stop driving it till it is fixed, fine but not at the expense of everything else and the waste of tax dollars just to grand stand in DC. They need to get on with other more important business.

IDIOTS! :fryingpan:

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OMG No! 2.6 million vehicle do NOT need to be repaired.... a few hundred thousand need to be repaired and the rest are getting new ignition switches because GM has no way of telling which car has defective switches.

What GM needs to do is figure out a way that consumers can test their switch, let those who fail the test go first in the recall and then get everyone else later.

Many of these cars have been on the road for close to 10 years without issue.... they are safe to drive.

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Markey and Blumenthal, LOL. Hype machines personified.

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Interesting.. the failure scenario kind of reminds me of what happened a few years ago w/ my Jeep when some sensor failed..the ignition stayed in the on position, but the engine would randomly shut off...no power steering, no power brakes, etc. Not fun when it happened in 75 mph freeway traffic...

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can i haz not to have to drive my $h!ty ass cobalt every day to work and back WHOOOOOPIIIIEEEEEEEE

speaking of, where is my recall?

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