According to General Motors, extensive tests conducted by its engineers have come to the conclusion that the company’s 2.6 million cars recalled due to the defective ignition switch are safe to drive.
Four cars were put through more than 100 grueling tests, with the engineers seeking to determine the safety of driving the car before it gets repaired – which could still take months from now. The news comes courtesy of federal documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in which Gm stresses that cars should be safe to drive – only if – there is little or no weight attached to the key.
NHTSA released the safety study to the public, in which is revealed that GM tested the cars on various road surfaces and in many different conditions in an attempt to asses if the keys don’t get by accident again from the “run” to the “accessory” position.
The test vehicles used were a 2005 Cobalt, a 2007 Ion, a 2008 Chevrolet HHR and a 2006 Pontiac Solstice, with the cars driven on various surface conditions – like granite road blocks and stones, rumble strips, simulated potholes, and a 4-inch-tall wooden median at various speeds. After initially GM said it conducted around 80 tests to asses the potential hazardous situations, the company went on and did additional tests, removing the the ignition switch detent plunger and spring.