DETROIT — There’s no need to tell owners of recalled General Motors small cars to stop driving them, according to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
In a written response to two senators who asked for such an order, Foxx said engineers with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have determined it’s not necessary.
GM is recalling 2.6 million small cars worldwide to replace ignition switches that suddenly can slip out of the run position and shut off the engine. That can knock out power-assisted steering and cause drivers to lose control and crash. It also disables the air bags. GM said at least 13 people have died in crashes linked to the problem. The company has admitted knowing about the problem for at least a decade, yet failing to recall the cars until this year.
The company has told owners to remove everything from their key chains, and the reduced weight will stop the switches from slipping into the “accessory” or “off” positions.
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