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Death Toll Could be 74 Due to GM Ignition Defect

Research of federal database reveals possible increase.

by on Jun.03, 2014

A 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, one of the recalled GM vehicles, could be one of the vehicles responsible for as many as 74 deaths, according to new research.

According to new research, the faulty ignition switch that caused General Motors to recall 2.6 million small cars since January may be responsible for as many as 74 deaths, not the 13 reported by the automaker and federal agencies.

Reuters reported it conducted a search the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a national database of crash information submitted by local law-enforcement agencies, for collisions similar to those involving GM’s recalled vehicles: single-car frontal collisions where no front air bags deployed and the driver or front-seat passenger was killed.

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The news agency found two things: between 2003 and 2012, 45 people died in Chevy Cobalts and 29 in Saturn Ions – totaling 74 – in crashes under the aforementioned circumstances. It also found people are six times more likely to die in those vehicles than in comparable vehicles, such as the Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. (more…)

Death Toll from GM Defect Expected to Rise

Critics claim fatalities exceed 50, not the 13 claimed.

by on May.30, 2014

GM is expected to face even more claims related to its faulty ignition switch, including a rise in the number of deaths from 13 to more than 50.

Warnings have already been issued to expect the number of recalls from General Motors to rise this summer. Now, critics are claiming the number of fatalities blamed on an ignition-switch defect that forced General Motors to recall 2.6 million small cars will also rise dramatically in the coming weeks.

An attorney for a group claiming to have been injured in a GM vehicle with an ignition switch that turned off suddenly killing the engine and disabling the air bag claims to have evidence that at least the defect has contributed to the deaths of 60 motorists.

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Clarence Ditlow, the head of the Center for Auto Safety and a long-time GM critic, said this week that his review of complaints filed with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that the defect has contributed to at least 50 deaths and he expects the total to rise as investigators uncover more cases where air bags failed to deploy in GM cars because the engine had switched off. (more…)