The consequences of the inability of General Motors to correct a problem that caused airbags to fail to be deployed on vehicles for over a decade could be more significant than originally thought.
It is found that 303 deaths occurred in crashes involving the recall-prone General Motors vehicles where the airbags did not work, as per an article published.
A research firm was hired to search through the automotive Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) for deaths that occurred in two of the vehicles that were recalled which include the 2005 and 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and 2003-07 Saturn Ion.
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The company that analyses accidents looked at rear-impact crashes that were not rear, that involved bags that were not deployed, the Times published an article.
With Congress scheduled to be holding hearings regarding the recall, auto safety advocates want to convince lawmakers that they have enough evidence in the hands of the two organizations General Motors and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to recognize this dangerous trend earlier than they did.
The NHTSA recalls 1.3 million cars and had reported issues and complaints from consumers dating back to 2001.
Center for Auto Safety said it believes GM could have acted sooner, and that the NHTSA did not take enough action in looking into the complaints and keeping an eye on the automaker.
GM has released a number of 31 accidents and 12 deaths attributed specifically to the recall. The vehicles were found to have a defective ignition switch that was unintentionally moved away from"run" and "run" positions and shut off the engine and deactivated the airbags.