Followup: GM facing federal investigation into timeliness of deadly ignition recall

Filed under: Government/Legal, Recalls, Safety, Chevrolet, GM, Pontiac, Saturn

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Thirteen motorists are dead, and federal safety regulators want to know why.

On Wednesday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it would investigate why General Motors delayed a recall of more than 1.37 million vehicles when it knew a defect existed for as long as a decade. In the interim, faulty ignition switches that prevented airbag deployment have been linked to 13 fatalities and caused 31 known crashes.

NHTSA said it would investigate the timeliness of GM’s recall, and the Detroit-based automaker could face a financial penalty if investigators find they stalled in fixing a deadly safety issue. Automotive safety advocates say NHTSA could have also investigated sooner.

“NHTSA’s enforcement activities have been completely lax, and they let it slide and people died,” said Sean Kane, president of Safety Research & Strategies. “And GM’s shown a willingness to obfuscate what was really happening.”

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