I was shocked to see the paid ad that GM placed last month in a number of national newspapers, including USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. If anybody believes the message from GM in this ad about safety is accurate, I suggest they check with the lawyers in our firm who are handling the defective ignition switch litigation. For GM to tell folks the key ring is the only problem is just another of a series of mistruths from the giant automaker. The claim by GM that only having your key on the ring makes a recalled Colbat safe to drive is definitely misleading and that’s because it’s not true. Take a look at the ad which was in USA Today on July 16. I am sure it was placed – by coincidence – one day before the Senate Committee hearing. GM had to know it would take a real beating the following day.
THE KEY TO SAFETY
Right now at General Motors, we’re working hard to repair the vehicles involved in the ignition recall. If you are driving an affected vehicle, until the repairs have been performed, there’s one simple step you can take to make driving your vehicle safe and worry-free.
Use a single key.
It is very important that you remove all items from your key ring, including your key fob, leaving only the vehicle key. Our engineers have run extensive tests to make sure the weight of a single key can’t move the switch to the wrong position.
Also, before exiting the vehicle, make sure the vehicle is in “Park,” or for a manual transmission, put the transmission into reverse gear. In both automatic and manual transmission cars, set the parking brake. And please remember to always fasten your seat belt.
We want you to know we’re working to make it right. Until then, there’s one simple step you can take to make driving your vehicle safe and worry-free.
My recommendation to any person owing a recalled GM vehicle that has the defective ignition switch is to take it immediately to a GM dealer and if no replacement part is available, then park it. GM will be held responsible for any deaths and injuries that occur because an owner of a recalled vehicle believed this ad and continued to drive a car with a defective and dangerous ignition switch.
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