Transportation boss: 'I don't have concerns about riding in GM'

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The nation's top auto cop, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, said he has no concerns about driving in General Motors trucks and cars -- and neither should the public.

Addressing what his department is doing about the wave of recent GM recalls on everything from big Suburbans to compact Cruzes, all used by DOT and the rest of the federal government, Foxx said that drivers and owners who follow recall directions will be safe.

“Folks need to follow what’s recommended with any recall activity. And if they do that we feel like they’re going to be fine. Just follow up with the manufacturer, go to the dealership, get checked up and keep it moving,” said Foxx, the former mayor of Charlotte, N.C.

Asked directly about his GM ride, he added, “I don’t have concerns about riding in the GM car that I’m riding in.” He spoke at a breakfast roundtable hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

Cabinet secretaries typically ride in Suburbans or Cadillacs, both GM products. The president also rides in a GM limo.

GM spokesman Greg Martin told Secrets, “If you’re driving or riding in one of our vehicles, we want you to know that nothing matters more to us than your safety. That’s why we’re working as hard as we can and as fast as we can to identify product issues and take care of them.”

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