GM yet to test faulty ignition switches for knee-bump problem

|By:, SA News Editor

GM (GM) hasn't tested cars with faulty ignition switches to see if knee bumps from drivers can accidentally turn the engine off, Reuters reports. The issue is significant because company engineers complained as early as 2004 that such a knock could turn the engine off.

GM didn't assess its cars for the problem despite carrying out over 80 tests in order to persuade a judge that the vehicles are safe to drive as long the key ring doesn't have more than one key on it.

The judge seems to have concurred, as he ruled that GM doesn't have to instruct owners of cars falling under the ignition-switch recall to park their vehicles until they are fixed.