I've been thinking about this whole GM ignition switch debacle. Am I the only one who had to practice restarting a stalled car in driver's ed? The instructor would periodically reach over and turn the car off (while moving), and we had to throw it in neutral, restart the engine, and put it back in drive. Several years later I had a car that would randomly shut off (2000 Deville that needed new cam sensors), and I found it helpful to have practiced that, even though it was so long ago.
I'm not trying to let GM off the hook, what they did is clearly wrong, and they should pay dearly for it. I'm just wondering how common of an experience that was.