GM Says Single Key is Safe for Recalled Vehicles


In the wake of its 2.6-million vehicle ignition switch recall, GM conducted testing on the affected cars and is ensuring customers that they are safe to drive, with a caveat. 

The key that is inserted into the ignition cannot have anything attached to it, including the key fob, for the vehicle to be safe. The issue lies with the ignition switch, which is too weak to handle the excess weight and has been turning into the off position when the affected cars hit rough, bumpy roads. The company also says you should only use GM issued keys that have a small hole in the center of plastic end of the key, rather than a long slot like many aftermarket replacement keys.

The announcement follows news that U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will not require GM to issue a “park it” order for the vehicles being recalled for replacement ignition switches and cylinders. GM’s findings echo an announcement made by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration earlier in the year that asked all vehicle owners potentially affected by the recall to remove key chains and accessories from their car keys.

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To prove they’re safe, GM engineers ran the problem cars over miles of rough uneven roads at the company’s proving grounds in Milford, Mich. and filmed the testing.

The affected vehicles include the 2008-2010 Saturn Ion and Sky, Pontiac G5 and Solstice. Also affected are the 2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR and the 2008-2011 Chevrolet Cobalt.

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