A Texas lawyer is asking a federal judge to force General Motors to tell owners of 1.6 million recalled vehicles they should immediately stop driving those models.
Attorney Robert Hilliard said people driving GM cars recalled for faulty ignition switches are putting themselves at risk if they continue operating their cars before they are fixed.
"I believe it to be extremely dangerous not just for the people driving the vehicles, but for those driving around the vehicles," said Hilliard.
Hilliard's motion calling for GM to issue a "Park it Now Alert" was filed in a U.S. District Court in Corpus Christi, Texas.
GM said it stands by its recall, which says the recalled models are safe to use while awaiting repair, provided drivers have nothing hanging from the ignition key while operating the vehicle.
The automaker blames the weight of keys, the key fob or other objects dangling from the key ring for causing the ignition switch to slip out of the run position while vehicles are in drive. The automaker said that slip in the switch can shut off power steering, brakes and air bags, leaving the driver and others in the car unprotected.