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BOSTON HERALD: Judge: GM doesn’t have to ‘park’ recalled cars

A federal judge yesterday denied a move to force General Motors to immediately pull 2.6 million recalled cars off the road as U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey slammed the company for failing to voluntarily issue a “park it now” emergency alert for the vehicles with faulty ignition switches linked to fatal crashes.

“GM’s culture appears to have been driven by costs over consumer safety, which continues today by refusing to tell drivers to stop operating its defective vehicles until they’re fixed,” Markey said. “This so-called new GM has the same old values of profits over people that has endangered lives and caused grief to American families.”

The car company has come under fire for failing to alert consumers sooner about faulty ignition switches that suddenly shut off the engine and disabled the power steering, power brakes and front air bags.

GM has also avoided issuing “park it now” emergency alerts — unlike other automakers, which have voluntarily issued the notices in the past for problems such as fires.