GM Ignition Switch-Related Deaths Could Have Been Avoided With Earlier Recall: Report
Several of the GM ignition switch-related deaths could have been avoided had the American automaker done an earlier recall.
General Motors had approved a redesign of the recalled part back in April 2006, but the alteration was made without a corresponding change in the part number. If a recall had been done to repair those affected vehicles in 2006, seven of the eight deaths in the affected Chevrolet Cobalts could have been avoided. Of the eight deaths that GM has said may be related to the faulty ignition switch, seven of them occurred after April 2006.
In addition, at least one of the four deaths the automaker has linked to the recalled Saturn Ion vehicles happened after the 2006 part change. Research indicates that only one of the 12 deaths currently linked to the ignition switch recall occurred after GM emerged from bankruptcy protection in July 2009.
“All of the incidents that are chronicled in our submission will be reviewed with the appropriate internal examiners and external investigators,” GM spokesman Jim Cain said. “We’re complying with all of it. We’re investigating, and we’re providing full and complete responses to NHTSA as well the other parties investigating what happened.”
[Source: Automotive News]
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