General Motors is advising consumers to use a single key in cars affected by ignition problems until their recalled cars can be repaired.
The company is running full-page advertisements in newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune and the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, asking drivers to remove all items from their key rings because anything beyond the weight of a single key – including a key fob, rewards cards, or other ornaments usually attached to key chains – may trigger the ignition to turn off.
GM has recalled 29 million vehicles this year, more than half of which were linked to defective ignition switches. At least 13 deaths have been linked to the problem.
The ads also ask drivers to make sure the transmission is in the “park” position before leaving the car. Manual transmissions should be placed in reverse, according to the ad. In each case, the parking brake should be applied.
GM last year sold 2.8 million vehicles in the United States and 9.7 million worldwide.