Throughout General Motors' ignition switch recall, the embattled, Detroit-based manufacturer has maintained the mantra that some 2.6 million recalled vehicles were safe to drive, provided certain precautions were taken.

Now, GM has issued a video that it says is proof of that point. Starring Vice President of Global Safety Jeff Boyer, the video shows a number of tests carried out on affected vehicles at GM's sprawling Milford, MI proving grounds. Engineers beat the heck out of the cars, just to prove that if there's nothing on the key – not even the key fob – that even some seriously brutal roads won't switch off the ignition switch.

The GM video comes on the same day that the US Department of Transportation declared that recalled GM vehicles did not need to be parked, following a petition from a pair of Democratic senators. According to Reuters, Senators Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut have argued that affected models shouldn't be driven until repairs can be completed.

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx (shown above) dismissed the senators' arguments, though, writing that "such an action is not necessary at this time," and that the DOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration "is satisfied" with GM's temporary solution to the problem.

According to Reuters, Senators Markey and Blumenthal's concerns rested with the performance of the faulty ignition switches on rough roads. This video should, hopefully, allay those concerns.

Take a look below for the video from GM, and then head into Comments and tell us – is the blessing of GM and Secretary Foxx enough for you to get back behind the wheel of a recalled Chevrolet Cobalt or Saturn Ion? Let us know.


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      gregmlr
      • 7 Months Ago
      This is actually very useful information to owners of these vehicles as some dealers are still waiting on the new switches.
      Larry Litmanen
      • 7 Months Ago
      You know what's even safer............buying a Toyota or Ford or Honda or Hyundai or Mazda. Anything but GM really.
        tiger
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Larry Litmanen
        I'd rather have a car turn off on me than unexpectedly accelerate.
          m_2012
          • 7 Months Ago
          @tiger
          While also disabling the airbags, power steering, and power brakes? No thanks, I can control acceleration better than an airbag not going off the only time it was needed.
        Burn
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Larry Litmanen
        yeah go with the mother of all recall companies,,,Blowyota.. LOL,your a funny little, Larry.
          Dmitriy Markelov
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Burn
          I think GM is doing pretty good to win 1st place with regards to deadly recalls.
          amge5.5
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Burn
          I'd rather have a company that actually does recalls rather than hide them....GM.
      Arizonarelax
      • 7 Months Ago
      I love the blame game. " Blame is the road block to recovery..." Didn't the current administration have czars on GM's board? Of course they did. Where are they? Doesn't Detroit and all cities have rough roads. Of course they do. Do other people use other keys they keep on the key ring? Of course they do. What horse dung. The worst temporary fix and propaganda attempt I have ever seen. This propaganda BS needs to be seen for what it is - blaming the public for too many keys. It is nothing more than telling you Joe public we know better and it is your fault. But really people died, " What does it matter.." and now a video attempting to prove their point... Um sounds familiar...Wake up and don't listen to this crock.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Arizonarelax
        The US government has completely divested itself of any and all GM stocks and has washed its hands off of GM before Mary Barra became CEO.
      Dmitriy Markelov
      • 7 Months Ago
      GM: "Our cars drive great and all you have to do is take everything off your key chain, avoid hard impacts around steering wheel area and start your morning with a prayer to at least four deities."
      Toronto St. Pats
      • 7 Months Ago
      That's what sick and callous people always do, blame the victim. GM is absolutely insane. And you people that stand up for mentally unstable company are utterly brainless.
        domingorobusto
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Toronto St. Pats
        These were millions of these cars produced. And it's not like it's a high end car that doesn't get driven much. These were throw away cars that are always driven hard. There have been literally billions of miles driven in the cars under this recall, and maybe 100 incidents, of which maybe less than 20 might have caused death or serious injury? It's a non-issue that has been ridiculously overblown. Why do you have such a hard-on against GM? You are the one who is coming off as mentally unstable.
        Julio B
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Toronto St. Pats
        Are you on something? Who is blaming the victim? The video clearly asks to use just one key until the car can get repaired by a dealer. Of course they will throw a safety pitch in their own video, what were you expecting?
      That Guy
      • 7 Months Ago
      Yet even MORE proof that this witch hunt GM is going through over this is completely unwarranted. This entire fiasco is a complete non-issue.
        Tariff The Imports
        • 7 Months Ago
        @That Guy
        Words you, That Guy, should live by: Better to Remain Silent and Be Thought a Fool than to Speak and Remove All Doubt. GM is nothing but a fiasco.
        That Guy
        • 7 Months Ago
        @That Guy
        Says the person who hasn't a clue as to when to and when not to capitalize a letter.
          Tariff The Imports
          • 7 Months Ago
          @That Guy
          ThE OnlY ThinG You'rE CorrecT AbouT is WitcH HunT Now it's time to burn GM at the stake. How can you support a company that lied ( fraud ) during bankruptcy, and is being investigated for it. GM is under investigation by SEC too. They covered up a serious and deadly safety issue for years. They were so inept they needed a bailout from two countries, and of course went bankrupt. And now it's nothing but recall after recall for nearly every product they make. How can you support such a callous and despicable company? Most know the answer ( you're not that intelligent ), but I'd like to hear your reasoning.
      Dmitriy Markelov
      • 7 Months Ago
      The trick is, you don't have to remove keys and key fobs in order to drive another manufacturers cars safely. If GM can't figure out something as simple as a lock cylinder, what other components are they having trouble with?
      lrx301
      • 7 Months Ago
      I have a solution for GM for a lot less money. Give each driver a piece of clay. Simply put the clay to fix the key position after turn the key on.
        Chunky
        • 7 Months Ago
        @lrx301
        Hell, just epoxy the key in the ignition. Use the key fob to get in and out. No one will steal a cobalt anyway.
      vvk
      • 7 Months Ago
      I have always used just the key in all my cars. All my keys now come with the remote control fob built it, too. Having a bunch of other keys hanging in front of your kneecap is a really bad idea.
        Yeah yeah
        • 7 Months Ago
        @vvk
        You drive with your knee up by the ignition? How do you push the gas pedal? For that matter, how do you get in your house if you only have one key on your keychain?
          Julio B
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Yeah yeah
          There are many options: Two separate keychains (what I use) Electric garage door opener and leave the kitchen door unlocked Smart or coded door locks in your house
      Julio B
      • 7 Months Ago
      I've never had more than the ignition key on my keychains, that is standard practice as the weight of the keychain wears the cylinder. This is nothing new just common sense. People seem to quickly forget. Remember the Chrysler minivan tailgates that would open while driving? The boatload of exotics that simply burn while on the road? They are machines, it happens. And yes GM accountants chose the cheapest option that complied with design specs. Having worked with multibillion dollar manufacturers, I know that is basically the decisions every other company in the world makes every single day.
        Yeah yeah
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Julio B
        But they are saying not even a keychain, just the key alone. Who walks around with just a lone key? I daresay even you with one key on a keychain is the rare exception. Most of us have keys to several cars, houses, doors, etc. and only have one keychain that all are on. I guess this info helps if you're in a spot and have to move the car, you can take you key off the keychain and safely use it. But who wants to have to take their key off the chain every tame they start their car?
          Julio B
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Yeah yeah
          I have 3 cars and 2 motorcycles, a house, an office etc. I still carry an only key for each vehicle, I can only drive one at a time so I only need one key. I keep a keychain with the house keys, and the office key is with the building fob on my belt. My wife does the same but she has the purse. Heck today I even drove the GTO in the morning because it was too cold for the Wrangler as it currently doesn't have the top or the doors on. Went home for lunch and grabbed the Jeep keys. It's easy if you keep the unnecessary keys at home. I have seen people with keychains resembling school janitors and every imaginable Hello Kitty figurine attached.
          graphikzking
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Yeah yeah
          Julio, It would suck to havenot have the OPTION of having a couple keys on a keyring. I honestly have kerdi cards for everything else but I do keep the FOB with the keys. Do you have 1 keyring for the fob and 1 keyring for the key just like in this video? If so you can have 6 FOBS and 6 key rings sitting in your house which could be a nightmare to grab each time. What I love is that my Toyotas (from 2006 and 2010 that cost only $19k and $25k at the time) came with a keyfob that you don't even have to put in the ignition. just on my person. I changed the battery 1 time in 8 years. - same as a FOB would do anyway. Yes I remember some of those issues but quality control and tolerances are supposed to be getting better yet they have multiple recalls that they don't want admit to. If other companies had this problem then I'd say yes, but no they are the only one with this issue and it's easily replicated - that's the issue! They can easily replicate it. Usually when there is a "ghost" in the car they can't always replicate it.
      Avinash Machado
      • 7 Months Ago
      Hopefully this mess will be sorted out soon.
      jcnspots
      • 7 Months Ago
      The trust is gone. Unfortunately so is our resale value on our HHRs and Cobalts. Now I know how a Corvair owner felt in the late 60's.
        inktownlegend
        • 7 Months Ago
        @jcnspots
        After all of this i trust them more than before (not that I trusted them much to begin with). GM has been doing recall after recall since sh*t hit the fan so that this does not happen again and it has forced other companies to do the same. It sucks that people lost their lives because of penny pinching but this is good for the entire automotive industry. It forces companies to look back at some of the issues that they already know about and don't want to recall over costs. (now I can save a couple bucks on a HHR SS).
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