7 Years Before Recall, Crash Investigator Raised Concern Over Switched-Off G.M. Air Bags – 2/21/14

In 2007, about seven years before General Motors’ recent recall of 778,000 small cars because a jolt or a heavy key ring could turn off the engine and disable the air bags, an investigator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration raised the possibility of such danger after researching a crash that had killed two teenagers.

The investigator also noted the existence of a 2005 technical service bulletin – which was updated in 2006 – in which G.M. warned dealers that it was possible the engine could be accidentally turned off because of a problem with the ignition.

But the agency never opened an investigation or made an effort to pursue a recall of the cars.

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