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House Report Provides Preliminary Timeline of GM Recall

Tina Robinson3 years ago

A new report released by the House Energy and Commerce Committee provides a preliminary timeline of events surrounding the General Motors ignition switch recall.

GM Recall Timeline

CNN highlights the findings of a report on the GM recall released Monday by the House Energy and Commerce Committee as hearings are scheduled to begin this week in Washington. The House Committee cautions that it is only a “preliminary and incomplete” timeline, but some of the key findings so far are as follows:

  • Testimony from Delphi, who manufactured the defective switches, states in 2002, “… GM approved the (part) even though sample testing of the ignition switch torque was below the original specifications set by GM.” 
  • Engineers at GM observed an issue with the ignition switches in 2004 but rejected a proposed redesign in 2005.
  • In 2007, an official with the NHTSA observed “a pattern of reported (airbag) non-deployments” involving Chevrolet Cobalts and Saturn Ions. The official recommended the agency open an investigation but was blocked by others in that department.
  • A second probe was suggested by the NHTSA in 2010 but was also never completed.

GM Ignition Switch Recall Expands

The GM recall has grown to include 2.6 million vehicles globally after the automaker added 971,000 vehicles on Friday afternoon. Defective ignition switches in the recalled vehicles can be easily bumped out of the “on” position and pose a serious risk for injury or death. GM has confirmed 13 deaths associated with the ignition switches.

Records reveal that at least 3 of the confirmed deaths happened after the 2005 decision not to redesign the part. One of those deaths also occurred after the 2009 decision by the NHTSA not to launch a probe. GM has settled with the family of a victim involved in a fatal crash in 2010.  


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