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

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.

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  • june1234
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    Knee bump turning off engine, vehicle OK as long as you don't have more than one key in the your key chain. How did the judge keep a straight face during the hearing You cant script this stuff.
    18 Apr 2014, 07:10 AM Reply Like
  • titus 3
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    I have a 2010 DTS and have had nothing but troble. The most recent issue is that there have been two recalls(I know discover) and I was never advised by Cadillac. Further two dealerships said they did warranty work and fixed the problem and they did not. I had to go to an independant auto repair facility to determine the truth. Note, it is my belief that all of the cadillacs have a motor mount problem that if not causht before the warranty expires can cause you serious money problems to repair. Bob Baumer San Diego , Calif
    18 Apr 2014, 07:36 AM Reply Like
  • 1980XLS
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    You may be confusing Mandated recalls with service bulletins..


    They are not the same.



    In either case for a manufacturer to notify you of a recall, they must be able to find you.
    Most use Polk Registration data, or state DMV data.


    A recent registration, ownership or address change can inhibit those efforts.
    18 Apr 2014, 01:03 PM Reply Like
  • funfundvierzig
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    Meanwhile in the long-drawn out recall process, the CoBALK driver and his or her passengers will be playing Russian Roulette on the Road.


    Don't hit any potholes, and, obese drivers, keep your fat knees away.


    More SHAM SAFETY brought to you by GM Management and their esteemed cost accountants.


    18 Apr 2014, 09:41 AM Reply Like
  • sovenning
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    We have a 2007 vehicle affected by this recall. We are waiting for GM to get the parts to our local dealership. We have driven the car almost 7 years without any problems, so we are not really afraid of driving it until the new switch is installed.
    18 Apr 2014, 01:34 PM Reply Like
  • Budavar
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    GM = not to say GM drivers = are setting themselves up for a nasty surprise if it puts faith in the judge's inexplicable ruling.


    Any appeal likely?
    18 Apr 2014, 03:41 PM Reply Like
  • 1980XLS
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    If you bump the switch and turn the car off, just turn it back on again.


    Should be easy, unless you're drunk or something like most of the drivers were, that had issues when it occurred.


    Somehow thousands of cars stall while in operation every day, Running out of gas, etc,etc, all without incident. Hmmm....?
    18 Apr 2014, 03:49 PM Reply Like
  • funfundvierzig
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    Blame-the-Victim for the crash caused by GM's lethally defective switch is one of the more callous public relations talking points developed by General Motors Management in Detroit and their slippery lawyers as evidenced in various court cases. This ethically broken-down motorcar company has absolutely no decency.


    What a remarkable degree of hostility to customers and would-be customers!


    18 Apr 2014, 04:32 PM Reply Like
  • 1GreatCFA
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    Well I met Rick Westenburg once...the CFO who presided over the bankruptcy. What a piece of work this sleeze ball was. Figure rest of the c suite is, pretty much, the same.
    18 Apr 2014, 09:58 PM Reply Like
  • Sunshinelinda
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    I love your comments fun fun! You speak your mind and tell the Truth about what kind of cars GM builds and how they cover up the many errors that they make when building their cars. Keep writing the truth as you see it. It is so refreshing.


    19 Apr 2014, 03:06 PM Reply Like
  • funfundvierzig
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    Sunshine Linda, Thank you for your gracious comments. We will continue to speak loudly and clearly on these critical issues involving General Motors because (1) Justice needs to be brought for the victims of the criminal negligence and orchestrated fraud perpetrated by GM executives and their obedient under-staffers, as well as restitution for millions of car owners still driving around with latent lethally defective parts, and (2) less importantly and financially, from the perspective of GM shareholders and investors, we believe tenaciously in the old-fashioned notion that corporate executives are hired hands of the owners, the shareholders, and as such should be fully accountable for their fraud and failures. Except for two low-level engineers and a couple of lesser executives shoved out the door, we have seen no one held responsible in the GM hierarchy for this massive consumer fraud and criminal negligence.


    19 Apr 2014, 04:41 PM Reply Like
  • Teriee
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    I have a solution....make every congressman (and president) who voted to bail out GM, MAKE THEM drive the dysfunctional GM cars....GM , you're TOAST....go BANKRUPT this time!!!! USA doesn't need the EYESORE anymore. Someone BETTER be ARRESTED for this PATHOLOGICAL GM behavior....And put them on DEATH ROW....seriously..put GM execs on death row....which is EXACTLY what they did to their customers . USA citizens, I ask you....when will we EVER learn??????? BURN GM BURN!!!!!
    21 Apr 2014, 06:16 AM Reply Like
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