GM ignition switch failures

  • FRE0

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    Apr 02, 2014 6:12 PM GMT
    We read about and see on TV that people have died in crashes caused by ignition switch failures on GM cars. Am I unreasonable to think that any competent driver could deal with that failure without crashing?
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    Apr 02, 2014 6:19 PM GMT
    Maybe. It depends on what systems shut down along with the ignition circuit. E.g. brakes, steering... as I understand it, the key issue (no pun intended) is that the airbag system shuts off. These small cars rely on airbags, rather than structural integrity, to protect passengers in the event of a crash.

    But I dunno... I have never owned a vehicle with airbags.
  • FRE0

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    Apr 02, 2014 7:00 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidMaybe. It depends on what systems shut down along with the ignition circuit. E.g. brakes, steering... as I understand it, the key issue (no pun intended) is that the airbag system shuts off. These small cars rely on airbags, rather than structural integrity, to protect passengers in the event of a crash.

    But I dunno... I have never owned a vehicle with airbags.


    Yes, it is true that the air bags won't work if the ignition is shut off. However, an air bag failure will never CAUSE a crash and my post was about avoiding crashes if the ignition fails.

    Specifically, am I unreasonable to think that any competent driver could deal with an ignition switch failure without crashing?