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General Motors Asks NASA for Help With Recalled Vehicles

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General Motors is asking the experts at NASA for some help.

The automaker wants NASA to determine if 2.6 million recalled vehicles are still safe to drive.

GMsays its test show the recalled cars are safe when only a single key is in the ignition switch. That means: no heavy key chain with extra keys and gadgets can be attached to it.

Now, it wants NASA to conduct an independent review to verify that claim.

Faulty ignition switches are blamed for 12 deaths and 31 crashes in the United States.

This isn't the first time the space agency has been involved in an auto safety investigation. It helped investigate alleged defects in millions of Toyotas in 2010.

GM hasn't confirmed NASA's involvement in the investigation.

Meanwhile, GM says another part needs to be repaired in the 2.6 million small cars already being recalled for an ignition switch defect.
GM says it will replace ignition lock cylinders on the cars. Right now, drivers can remove the key while the engine is still running, which could lead to a rollaway or crash.

GM knows of one related injury.
The recall affects the Chevrolet Cobalt and HHR, Saturn Ion and Sky and Pontiac Solstice and G5 from the 2003 through 2011 model years. The same cars were recalled for defective ignition switches that can cause sudden stalling. GM links 13 deaths to that issue, which is under investigation by the U.S. government.
GM also said it expects to take a $1.3 billion recall-related charge in the first quarter. (AP) 

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