Skip to comments.Exclusive: At least 74 dead in crashes similar to those GM linked to faulty switches
Posted on 06/02/2014 5:35:58 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA
(Reuters) - At least 74 people have died in General Motors cars in accidents with some key similarities to those that GM has linked to 13 deaths involving defective ignition switches, a Reuters analysis of government fatal-crash data has determined. Such accidents also occurred at a higher rate in the GM cars than in top competitors models, the analysis showed.
Reuters searched the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a national database of crash information submitted by local law-enforcement agencies, for single-car frontal collisions where no front air bags deployed and the driver or front-seat passenger was killed.
The news agency compared the incidence of this kind of deadly accident in the Chevrolet Cobalt and the Saturn Ion, the highest-profile cars in GM's recall of 2.6 million cars with defective switches, against the records of three popular small-car competitors: Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.
The analysis found that the frequency of such accidents in the Ion was nearly six times that of the Corolla and twice that of the Focus. The Ion had 5.9 such fatal crashes per 100,000 cars sold, followed by the Cobalt, with 4.1, the Ford Focus with 2.9, the Civic with 1.6, and the Corolla with 1.0.
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Too big to fail.
Good thing GM bought “protection”. They’re probably safe from serious repercussions.
Meanwhile, the CEO does her best imitation of Sgt Schultz, even though she worked at the company for many years.
There looks like there is still a harborful of fog here. The reasons for some crashes and what the airbags did don’t agree between multiple studies.
Maybe it could be, in part, an “itty bitty car” problem. With the rage to go green with absurdly high gas mileage requirements, comes cars that are as durable as sardine cans.
What difference does it make now!...come on...Get with the program...
If this were a Toyota problem, the President would be all over it.