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Sen. Blumenthal Calls for “Park It Now” Notice

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

During a Senate hearing held on Wednesday, Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal called on General Motors to advise consumers that vehicles affected by a recent ignition switch recall are not safe to drive.

Three Pieces of Advice

“I would respectfully suggest that you advise customers to get loaners instead of driving these cars.” – Senator Richard Blumenthal during Senate hearing.

In his questioning of GM CEO Mary Barra, Senator Blumenthal recommended that she and executives at General Motors take three actions in response to a recall affecting 2.6 million vehicles.

  1. Commit to establishing a compensation fund for the families affected by accidents linked to the defective ignition switches.
  2. Issue a “park it now” notice that would advise customers to no longer operate the recalled vehicles until their vehicles is repaired.
  3. Support new legislation proposed by Senators Richard Blumenthal and Edward Markey that would require tougher reporting standards for automakers.

Are the Recalled Cars Safe to Drive?

While Barra has repeatedly testified that the recalled vehicles are safe to drive as long as customers do not have any items on their key ring other than the vehicle’s ignition key, Sen. Blumenthal diputed these claims.

Sen. Blumenthal stressed that the recall documents produced by GM itself indicate that the faulty switches can shift due to the force exerted by a heavy key ring OR jarring events such as bumpy terrain, indicating that a jarring event can occur even after all items are removed from a customer’s key ring.

Vehicles affected by the recall include:

The ingition switch recall has been linked to 13 deaths and 31 frontal collisions.


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