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NHTSA Administrator Testifies Before Congressional Committee

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

Acting administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) David Friedman testified before members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday, during which he answered questions concerning the recall of 2.6 million General Motors (GM) vehicles.

GM Failed to Provide Important Information

During his testimony, Friedman claimed that the NHTSA was not made privy to important information by GM and as such, was unable to link various deaths and airbag failures to defective ignition switches found in some GM vehicles.

Among the information which Friedman claimed GM failed to provide was:

  1. General Motor’s decision to redesign the switches in question in 2006.
  2. GM’s meetings with suppliers concerning airbag non-deployment.
  3. Suspected links between defective ignition switches and airbag non-deployment.

According to Friedman, had this information been made available, it is likely that the NHTSA would have required General Motors to act much more sooner.

Friedman assured the Committee that the NHTSA is investigating GM’s handling of the recall and if it is found that GM deliberately withheld information or was not forthcoming with data, appropriate actions will be taken.

About the General Motors Recall

During the hearing, members of the Committee expressed concerns that General Motors had been informed that the defective ignition switches did not meet company specifications prior to their approval.

In total, the faulty ignition switches have been linked to 13 deaths and 31 frontal collisions and have resulted in GM issuing a recall for a total of 2.6 million vehicles.

Among the vehicles recalled are:


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