The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has sent General Motors a 27-page letter containing 107 questions requesting information to further its inquest on whether or not GM waited too long to recall 1.6 million vehicles.
NHTSA has given GM until April 3 to answer all 107 questions pertaining to the recall of 1.6 million vehicles including 2005 through 20007 Chevrolet Cobalts, 2003 through 2007 Saturn Ions and five other GM nameplates.
The ignition switch in these vehicles can suddenly turn off, causing power to cut from the engine, power steering and safety systems. That means that in a collision, the airbags will not deploy. A total of 13 driver and front-passenger deaths from 2005 through 2009 have been reported because of this issue.
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GM has already acknowledged that its engineers first knew about the problem in 2004, and has now come under fire over concerns that the automaker knew of a deadly issue, and did nothing about it until just last month. GM CEO Mary Barra said in a letter sent to employees that the company is conducting an internal review “to give us an unvarnished report of what happened.”
Specifically, NHTSA is requesting info on GM’s examination process, on why the company canned plans to redesign the switch, on each and every complaint and on lawsuit details.
“In addition to getting NHTSA the information they need, we are doing what we can now to ensure our customers’ safety and peace of mind,” GM said in the statement. “We want our customers to know that today’s GM is committed to fixing this problem in a manner that earns their trust.”
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