General Motors disputes the validity of the fatality figures included in a Reuters analysis released earlier this week. The Reuters report indicated that at least 74 deaths have been associated with GM vehicles containing a defective ignition switch. However, the auto manufacturer claims the initial figure of 13 fatalities they reported is more accurate.
The death total in the Reuters analysis was calculated using a government data base called the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), which compiles accident reports from numerous law enforcement agencies across the country. In response, GM claims that their accident investigations rely on more detailed data.
Both GM and Reuters evaluated car accidents involving drivers or front seat passengers who died in head-on collisions where the GM vehicle’s airbag failed to deploy. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not released a statement regarding the accuracy of the new Reuters analysis; however, the agency had previously estimated that the final death toll associated with these defective GM vehicles would most likely be greater than the 13 initially reported by the auto manufacturer.
Over the past few months, GM has recalled more than 2.4 million vehicles due to a defective ignition switch which would shut off while the vehicle was on the road. This issue led to serious safety problems such as disabling power steering, airbags, and anti-lock brakes.
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