According to new documents from the US congressional investigators, for sale GM refused a proposed fix of the ignition switches in the Chevrolet Cobalt back in 2005 due to high piece and tooling prices.
In 2005 a project engineering manager proposed GM a fix of the ignition switches in the Chevrolet Cobalt in 2005, ambulance but the automaker refused due to high costs this move implied. In 2007, the NHTSA did not open a formal defect investigation although an agency official said the probe in the defect was justified.
“As we have stated previously, the agency reviewed data from a number of sources in 2007, but the data we had available at the time did not warrant a formal investigation,” a NHTSA spokesman, Nathan Naylor, said.
“Recent data presented by GM provides new information and evidence directly linking the ignition switch to the air-bag non-deployment. That’s why we are aggressively investigating the timing of GM’s recall.”
Tomorrow and on April 2, GM CEO Mary Barra and NHTSA Administrator David Friedman will have to answer questions related to the recalls, the years of complaints and the disabled airbags, which are a separate matter from the faulty ignition switches and the 12 deaths.
“Lives are at stake, and we will follow the facts where they take us as we work to pinpoint where the system failed,” said Representative Fred Upton, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
The faulty ignition switches in six GM models, among which the Saturn Ion and the Cobalt, have been linked to 31 crashes and 12 deaths. The US based automaker has recalled almost 1.6 million vehicles in February and other 971,000 units last week.