Despite previous reports, General Motors may not have sought the help of NASA in confirming that cars suffering from the ignition switch defect are safe to drive in certain conditions. The reports, which first began surfacing on Thursday, has been very widely circulated by a number of publications.
"NASA is not working with General Motors on its ignition switch issue," NASA's deputy associate administrator for communications, Bob Jacobs, told TheDetroitBureau.com. Seems pretty unequivocal, right? Not exactly.
According to TDB, an unnamed source claimed there are some unofficial "low-level" chats going on between the largest US automaker and the people that put men on the moon. And if the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or another federal body approached NASA, it could very well get involved in the situation.
"Obviously, we would provide (assistance) as we have in the past," Jacobs told TDB, referring to the agency's assistance in the Toyota unintended acceleration issue.
As for GM actually requesting assistance, Jacobs says it wouldn't be as easy as just saying "yes," noting that NASA would need the permission of both NHTSA and the Justice Department.