NEW YORK (CNNMoney)
A Texas lawyer is asking a federal judge to force General Motors to tell drivers their recalled cars are not safe and to stop driving them.
GM has told owners of the vehicles with flawed ignition switches that they can safely drive the cars if they remove any extra weight from key rings.
In affected vehicles, the ignition can switch the car off while it is running, disabling the power steering and air bags. At least 12 deaths have been attributed to the issue. About 1.6 million vehicles have been recalled worldwide, including the Chevrolet Cobalt and HHR, Pontiac G5 and Solstice, and the Saturn Ion and Sky built in model years 2003 through 2007.
Although GM has recalled the vehicles, it hasn't told owners to stop driving them.
Robert Hilliard, the attorney seeking the court order, represents the owners of a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt who claim the recall has diminished the value of their car due to growing consumer skepticism.
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