According to the advocacy group Center for Auto Safety, General Motors so far has filled no less than 2,004 reports on injuries and deaths in accidents that relate in some way to the 2.6 million cars equipped with defective ignition switches.
The safety group cites the data from its own internal research of the US automaker’s reports to regulators, and moved to ask an adviser of Detroit-based GM to start investigations to see if the incidents were caused in some way by the faulty ignition switch.
“The defective ignition switch in the recalled Delta platform vehicles goes beyond the airbag failing to deploy,” said the center. “The vehicle loses the electric power steering and power brakes, which can lead to loss of control resulting in a crash.”
The group panned a letter to Kenneth Feinberg, a lawyer hired by General Motors to advise the company on compensation due to victims or families of accidents related to the defective ignition switch cars.
Also, an analysis revealed by the Center for Auto Safety a while ago tied no less than 303 deaths that stemmed from airbags failing to open in 2005-07 Chevrolet Cobalt and 2003-07 Saturn Ion cars, but the research was refuted by General Motors and even the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration because it couldn’t accurately tie all incidents to the faulty ignition-switch – even though the study was based on the US Fatality Analysis Reporting System.