GM wants you to know, without any shadow of a doubt, that the Chevy Cobalt and HHR, Pontiac G5 and Solstice, and Saturn Ion and Sky vehicles—all subject to recall for a faulty ignition switch problem that has already led to several deaths—are perfectly safe to drive. Really, they've been flogging them at the Milford Proving Grounds, subjecting them to a variety of highly controlled tests, and you can trust them on this. The cars are safe.*
Oh, an asterisk? Let's explain.
There are many "ifs" involved in GM's assertion. Pretend you have more than one key on your keychain. Not hard, right? You probably have lots of keys, because you live a life in which you're occasionally outside of your Pontiac G5, doing other things. Well, until you have the recall service performed, you'd better ditch everything other than the original-issue GM key, including the keychain, house keys, key fob, etc., or there's a chance the car's ignition switch could leave the run position during operation, putting you in danger. All of GM's tests demonstrated in the video were performed with ONLY a bare ignition key inserted. For most of humanity, this is a preposterous scenario.
Watch below as GM VP of Vehicle Safety Jeff Boyer touts the safety of pre-recall-service cars, so long as you don't do anything crazy or irresponsible, such as attaching your GM ignition key to the GM-issued key fob it came with.
What the GM safety head studiously avoids telling you is what to do in the event that your key DOES leave the run position in one of the recalled vehicles. For that, we look to , where Jake Fisher, the publication's director of auto testing, explains how to handle that potentially dangerous scenario:
The underlying message in GM's Baghdad Bob-style "All is well! Really!" video is this: If you have a car that's part of the recall—and we know that millions of drivers are affected—pick up the phone and make the appointment to get the service performed. As in, right now.