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General Motors Increases Crashes Linked to Ignition Switch Recall

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Tina Robinson3 years ago

General Motors has identified about a dozen additional crashes linked to faulty ignition switches, according to a Huffington Post report. GM informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Friday that it was increasing the number of crashes associated with the defect from 35 to 47.

More about the GM Ignition Recall

GM has recalled about 2.6 million older compact cars – most notably Chevy Cobalts, Saturn Ions, and Pontiac G5s – with defective ignition switches. Extra weight on the GM key or jostling can cause the switch to move out of position while running. The resulting engine stalls, brake failures, and airbag failures had previously been linked to 13 deaths and 35 crashes.

Many believe the actual number of fatalities caused by the faulty switches is much higher. In March, the Center for Auto Safety released and independent analysis of crash data and found 303 fatalities in which passengers of recalled vehicles died when airbags failed to deploy. GM refuted those findings, saying the CAS used “raw data” to draw those conclusions.

However, even NHTSA admits the number of deaths to be more than just the 13 currently recognized by GM. In a statement to Reuters, NHTSA said, “The final death toll associated with this safety defect is not known to NHTSA, but we believe it's likely that more than 13 lives were lost.” The safety agency also said, “GM would be in the position to determine additional cases related directly to this defect based on lawsuits, incident claims and additional data reported directly to the automaker from its customers, dealerships, insurance companies, safety groups and other sources.”


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