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Senators Pressing NHTSA to Park Recalled GM Vehicles

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

Two U.S. senators are calling on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to force GM to issue a notice warning owners of 2.6 million recalled vehicles that the cars should not be driven until defective ignition switches are repaired.

Senators Push for “Park It Now” Notice

“Every day that unrepaired vehicles remain on the road increases the risk of more injuries, deaths and damage.” – Senators Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn, as published by Reuters

Senators Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut have written Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx urging him to require that GM issue a “Park It Now” notice for their 2.6 million recalled vehicles affected by defective ignition switches.

The senators’ letter came after a Texas District Judge declined to order that General Motors issue a “park it now” notice, saying that she would defer the issue to the NHTSA. Since the decision, GM has continued to claim that the vehicles are safe to drive as long as customers remove all extra weight from their key rings.

Committees of both the Senate and the House of Representatives have launched probes into why it took GM so long to issue a recall for a defect that was first reported in 2001.

Details of the General Motors Recall

According to recall releases by General Motors, 2.6 million GM vehicles have been recalled due to faulty ignition switches which can inadvertently shift out of the “run” position and into the “off” or “accessory” resulting in sudden reduction or loss of power.

The loss of power lead to the loss of safety features such as power brakes and power steering, and may prevent airbags from deploying.

GM warns that the risk of such an event occurring is increased should the vehicle encounter bumpy terrain, be involved in a crash or if there is excess weight on the vehicle’s key ring. So far the defect has been linked to 31 frontal collisions and 13 deaths.

GM is facing multiple lawsuits in connection to the defect, and the automaker has hired Kenneth Feinberg, signaling that the company may be considering creating a compensation fund for some victims.

Vehicles affected by the recall include:


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